Sunday’s reported meeting between Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh and BJP leader Kalyan Singh has created quite a flutter in Uttar Pradesh politics.
It has given rise to speculation that Kalyan’s son Rajveer Singh may contest the Lok Sabha polls on an SP ticket. And Kalyan himself, currently an MP from Bulandshahar in western UP, may contest as an Independent candidate from Etah.
But Mulayam on Monday denied having any meeting with the BJP leader, saying Kalyan’s son Rajveer, however, was welcome “if he so desires. But he has not expressed his willingness so far”. On the meeting, he said, “If I meet Kalyan Singh, I will let you know and announce it openly.”
Refusing to speculate on Kalyan’s moves, he said, “Kalyan Singh is a senior leader whom I respect and cannot comment on him.”
But one of Kalyan’s closest aides, who did not wish to be quoted, claimed that he might announce his arrangement with the SP on Tuesday.
Earlier, Kalyan showed his dismay over the BJP leadership’s decision to field Ashok Pradhan from Bulandshahar, which has now been reserved after delimitation, and made an attempt to get closer to Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh.
Sunder Singh Lodhi, district president of the BJP in Bulandshahar, said, “The alliance between the two backward leaders will cost heavily. Kalyan’s Lodh Rajputs, who dominate in about 25 Lok sabha seats, and the Yadavs may affect 35 to 40 seats in the state.”
The Lodh Rajputs have sizeable populations in Aligarh, Hathras, Etah, Farrukhabad, Rampur, Pilibhit, Aanwla, Bareilly, Barabanki, Unnao and Hamirpur.
Meanwhile, Ashok Pradhan brought his supporters to the BJP headquarters in Delhi and demanded action against anyone acting against the party's interests.
BJP president Rajnath Singh, who is also said to be not sharing warm relations with Kalyan, refused to react to reporters’ queries, saying, “You ask these supporters of Pradhan.”