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Cross-voting: RLD MLA resigns

ACCUSED OF cross-voting in the recently concluded Vidhan Parishad elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) MLA from Mathura Prem Singh Daroga shot off his resignation letter to party chief Chaudhury Ajit Singh.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 00:56 IST

ACCUSED OF cross-voting in the recently concluded Vidhan Parishad elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) MLA from Mathura Prem Singh Daroga shot off his resignation letter to party chief Chaudhury Ajit Singh.

He will hand over his resignation to Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey on Monday.
Denying the cross-voting charge, Singh claimed that he had shown his vote to the party agent.

Party sources said the resignation appeared to be a fallout of resentment among MLAs over a messy situation in the organisation. Not only RLD MLAs, but also Samajwadi Party legislators were opposed to a directive from the leadership to vote for RLD nominee Harpal Saini in the Vidhan Parishad. Saini was allotted 29 votes from the RLD and the SP quota, but he got 28. The missing vote raised many an eyebrow in party circles and Prem Singh was accused of cross-voting.
There was no cross-voting in Rajya Sabha election, as RLD nominee Mahmood Madni got all 38 votes.

The RLD legislators were also sceptical about any political gains over the selection of Madni for the Rajya Sabha. Party sources said denial of Vidhan Parishad membership to Irrigation Minister Dr Mairajuddin Ahmad would do more harm and counteract any favourable response among the Muslim community in western UP to Madni’s election. Dr Ahmad is a minister without being a member of either House.

“The six-month ministership for Dr Ahmad has sent a wrong message to the minority community,” commented a RLD member. The party has been chalking out a plan to hold Madni’s rallies in the State. But, infighting in the Madni family over leadership of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) has already caused widespread bitterness against him in the community.   

The RLD MLAs from Agra-Mathura districts are also not happy with the leadership over largess to MLAs of Meerut division. While the MLAs have already conveyed their disenchantment over the prevailing situation to Ajit Singh, there is a virtual revolt against MP and State Irrigation Development and Flood Control Commission chairperson Anuradha Chaudhury. Party sources said even Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhury was not happy with the state of affairs in the party.

After a good response to his Kisan Yatra in eastern UP, a similar exercise in Bundelkhand failed to yield a positive response.