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Op damage-control: SP gets into top gear

CONCERNED OVER cross-voting by its MLAs, the Samajwadi Party has planned a damage-control exercise to offset any adverse effect at the grass roots level.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 01:32 IST

CONCERNED OVER cross-voting by its MLAs, the Samajwadi Party has planned a damage-control exercise to offset any adverse effect at the grass roots level.

The issue is likely to be taken up for discussion at the State executive committee meeting here on Tuesday. The possibility of disciplinary action against five MLAs, who openly voted for the BSP, cannot be ruled out.

The party is worried that all defectors have gone to the BSP, which doesn’t augur well in an election year.

Party MLAs were also not happy with the decision to transfer votes to Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Harpal Saini for the Vidhan Parishad election.

Resentment was also brewing among party leaders, including MLAs, over apathy of officials in districts.

Partymen had demanded action against recalcitrant officers at meetings during the last two months.

There is a feeling among leaders that urgent measures should be taken to improve interaction with officers in the districts.

“Cross-voting was a result of suffocation because of the prevailing situation in the party,” said a senior leader.

Kamlesh Pathak, who voted for the BSP, said there was a virtual revolt in the party. He said as against the five cases of open cross- voting, there were others who voted against SP candidates in the Vidhan Parishad.  

Thus, apart from taking up the post-Rajya Sabha poll scenario, the executive committee will also chalk out an action plan to stem the rot in the party organisation.

The party has also decided to hold a national executive committee meeting in Jabalpur in May. Chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has already directed workers to be ready for the election.

By holding a meeting with former Prime Minister VP Singh in Delhi on Sunday, Yadav indicated he was keen to mend fences with him. The two had fallen out in the early 1990s on the issue of UP chief ministership.

Since then, there was no communication. Of late, VP Singh has been moving around the State with RLD president Ajit Singh, which has caused consternation in SP circles. VP Singh had also shared a platform with rebel SP MP from Agra Raj Babbar recently at Kanpur. While RLD leaders did not like it, VP Singh gave conflicting signals to leaders in UP.