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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Bhati may lose party ticket, ministerial berth

Pankaj Jaiswal, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, August 03, 2013
First Published: 23:30 IST(3/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(3/8/2013)

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Narendra Bhati is likely to lose his candidature to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well as his ministerial berth. 

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SP sources said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely go as ‘harsh’ on Bhati as Durga Shakti Nagpal because of his purported claims that he got the IAS officer suspended in “41 minutes”.

Bhati is the party’s candidate from Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha seat. Bhati’s claim on the seat was so indisputable that his name was in the first list of the Lok Sabha candidatures that the party had announced over an year ago. However, it is the boasting of his pelf that was also caught on a camera which has now become a problem for him. “Party’s top leadership is crossed with him because of his utterances.”

However, the source as well as the state spokesperson, Rajendra Chowdhary vehemently denied setting up of any internal probe to look into Durga’s suspension and the alleged involvement of SP leader Narendra Bhati.

Bhati had claimed on Friday that he got Durga suspended after speaking to the chief minister and the party president Mulayam Singh Yadav.

“There is no need set up any probe on his utterances. Bhati’s scalp would help CM to stay firm on his stance on Durga’s suspension and help Mulayam to stand firm in the Lok Sabha where the suspension is likely to cause commotion (as per the media reports),” said the source.

Bhati’s video has gone viral on YouTube that further complicated matters for the SP government. Bhati called Durga ‘Behoodi Mahila (absurd woman)’.

He was caught on camera saying how he spoke with Netaji (Mulayam) and mukhya mantri (Akhilesh Yadav) and got Durga suspended within 40 minutes of the demolition of the wall of a mosque at Kadalpur village in Greater Noida.

Social activist Nutan Thakur who had filed a PIL before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court against the government over the suspension of the SDM, on Saturday complained to the National Commission for Women.

Thakur says Bhati’s comment was “sexist and improper”. 

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