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Month-long spat between SP's leader sorted out by Mulayam

The month-long spat between Beni Prasad Verma and State Labour Minister Waqar Ahmad Shah came to an end on Wednesday, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 17:08 IST
M Hasan

The month-long spat between Samajwadi Party general secretary Beni Prasad Verma and State Labour Minister Waqar Ahmad Shah came to an end on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had a closed-door meeting with Verma in Barabanki, said the issue had been resolved.

Verma had launched a diatribe against Dr Shah for protecting the assassins of SP leader Ram Bhulan Verma.

He had also accused the minister of shielding additional SP (Bahraich), Hiralal for sexually exploiting an SP leader Gudia Pathak. Verma also accused the minister of grabbing a school building in Bahraich.

Yadav, who was in Beni's village Sirauli Ghauspur to attend the wedding of his niece on Wednesday, asked him to shelve the issue and concentrate on the State assembly election.

While the Chief Minister told newsmen that the Beni-Waqar issue had been sorted out, Verma said he would give in writing the details of the issues to the Chief Minister.

State Women's Commission chairperson Ranjana Bajpai had also rubbished the sexual harassment charges of Verma against the police officer. She had given a clean chit to the police officer after the commission's probe.

Verma said he had accepted the advice of the Chief Minister and now his priority would be the election.
Pointing out that there was no change in his stand on the Ram Bhulan murder case and the Gudia issue, Verma said his charges against the minister were true.

He said now he would not open up on the issues till the other side raked it up. Verma also announced to visit Gorakhpur to expose the BJP's communal conspiracy for political reasons.

It may be mentioned that the CM had also counseled Verma to resolve the issue during his visit to Sultanpur last week.

However, Wednesday's meeting was a first between Yadav and Verma after the fight came into the open last month.

While SP general secretary Amar Singh last week refused to intervene in the matter saying Verma was a senior leader, Agriculture minister Ashok Bajpai and PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav said it was an internal matter of the party.

Email M Hasan: mhasan@hindustantimes.com