There appears to be no end to the tussle between Samajwadi Party General Secretary Beni Prasad Verma and Labour Minister Dr Waqar Ahmad Shah over the murder of the party leader Ram Bhulan Verma in Bahraich.
One of the close associates of Verma and SP MLA from Mahsi assembly segment Dilip Verma on Saturday resigned from the membership in protest over the police failure to arrest the accused in the murder case.
The Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav during his meeting with Beni Verma earlier this week had asked him to shelve the issue and concentrate on the elections. Verma had then agreed to the suggestion of the chief minister.
However, Dilip Verma not satisfied with the progress in the case on Saturday shot off the resignation letter to the chief minister. He had also faxed its copy to Beni Verma.
Dilip Verma confirming the resignation said that honour and respectability was above everything. Verma said he would not compromise on respect in the society. Dilip Verma in his resignation said that the accused in the Ram Bhulan murder case were roaming freely in Bahraich. He also alleged that SP workers were being harassed in the district at the behest of the labour minister. Dilip Verma had earlier accused Dr Shah of hatching a conspiracy to eliminate him. He alleged that killers had the protection of the minister. He said there was no question of continuing as SP MLA when he was not in a position to protect his supporters. Verma said he would explain the issue at the party forum.
Commenting on the issue Beni Verma said Dilip Verma was unhappy over some issues and it was for this reason he had resigned. However, Beni Verma said he would convince Dilip to withdraw the resignation. Beni said the resignation would not be accepted. The row between the two leaders over one-upmanship has been going on in Bahraich for the last more than one moth. Both Beni Verma and Dr Shah had publically accused each of destroying the party.
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