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Maya names 300 for VS polls

THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday got a shot in the arm when Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Rajpur Vidhan Sabha seat (Kanpur Dehat) and Chairman of NEDA Mahesh Trivedi joined the party.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 01:23 IST

SP, BJP MLAs join BSP

THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday got a shot in the arm when Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Rajpur Vidhan Sabha seat (Kanpur Dehat) and Chairman of NEDA Mahesh Trivedi joined the party.

The former Minister and BJP MLA from Paniyara (Maharajganj) Fateh Bahadur Singh, too, joined the BSP. BSP national president Mayawati assured party ticket to both the MLAs. Mayawati changed the constituency of Trivedi, and now he will contest from Derapur Vidhan Sabha seat in Kanpur Dehat. Singh will contest from his traditional seat Paniyara.

The BSP announced the names of around 300 candidates for Vidhan Sabha election. Though the names of the candidates were not made public, the party leaders confirmed that both Muslims and Brahmins got lion’s share of the Vidhan Sabha seats.

At a meeting of the MPs and the MLAs, Mayawati read the names of around 100 candidates and introduced to the party leaders the SP and the BJP rebels who have joined the BSP.

Majority of the rebels were rewarded with the party tickets. Later, the BSP leaders said that the party had finalised the names of 300 candidates for Vidhan Sabha election. The five SP MLAs and 13 BJP MLAs who cross-voted in favour of the BSP candidate in the Rajya Sabha election recently.

But the seating BSP MLAs looked disheartened as Mayawati did not finalise their names. Since early morning the MLAs and ticket aspirants, along with their supporters, had gathered outside party office located on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg.

Both Mahesh Trivedi and Fateh Bahadur Singh were surprise entry in the party.

Later, in a press release, Trivedi said that he had dashed off  his resignation letter from the post of Chairman NEDA to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The State Government failed on law and order front, he alleged.

Prominent rebel MLAs of the rival political party, whose ticket was finalised by Mayawati, included Pahgu Chauhan, Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan, Omvati, Badshah Singh, Chaudhary Ram Prasad, Ajay Kumar Maurya and Ratan Lal Ahirwar.

Ashutosh Awasthi, son of BJP leader Surendra Nath Awasthi alias Puttu Awasthi, was assured ticket from Haidergarh Vidhan Sabha. Sons of senior Congress leader Amar Rizvi and KN Singh were also assured of tickets.

According to BSP leaders, Nakul Dubey will contest from Mohana Vidhan Sabha seat, Guddu Tripathi from Lucknow Cantonment, Gopal Narayan  Mishra from Lucknow East, Ranjit Rawat from Malihabad, Poornima Verma from Mohanlalganj.