Says party leaders will decide on parting of ways
RASHTRIYA LOK Dal (RLD) president Chaudhury Ajit Singh’s meeting with Governor TV Rajeswar here today further intensified speculations about his imminent departure from the Mulayam Singh Yadav government.
On his instructions, Irrigation Minister Dr Merajuddin Ahmad submitted his resignation to the chief minister. Dr Ahmad was to complete six months in the ministry on September 4, without being a member of either House of the State legislature. Dr Ahmad accompanied Singh to the Raj Bhawan. Singh had especially come to Lucknow to meet the governor.
Even though Singh was noncommittal on withdrawing support to the Yadav government, he said the final decision would be taken only after consulting the party leaders. On alliance with the Samajwadi Party, the RLD chief said it would depend on the feedback from the grassroots level workers.
However, Singh was quite critical of criminalisation of politics in the State. He said the government had provided gunners to people who had been spreading terror in the society. The people were feeling unsafe in the State.
The RLD chief said that the celebration on the completion of three years in power at the SP headquarters was not a government function. Pointing out that it was a party function, Ajit Singh said had it been a government function he would have attended it.
Singh said his meeting with Yadav in Delhi on Friday was routine, to discuss the political situation. In fact, Ajit Singh did not attach much significance to the meeting and admitted that he had had meetings with Congress leaders Oscar Fernandes and Ahmad Patel. Singh did not appear to be in a hurry about the replacement of Dr Ahmad in the Yadav ministry. Concerned over farmers’ attraction to former Prime Minister VP Singh, the RLD chief announced to hold a rally in Dadri on September 5.
The RLD seems to be in a hurry to break the alliance as there is a feeling in the party that even the chief minister’s pre-elections sops like the unemployment allowance, Kanya Vidyadhan Yojana and move for free distribution of sarees to poor women will not be able to save the SP . “Jayalalitha’s poll sops could not help her”, recalled another RLD leader.