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SP may win RS by-polls with ease

IT IS likely to be plain sailing for the Samajwadi Party in the by-election to two Rajya Sabha seats despite a face-off between the ruling coalition and the Election Commission over appointment of the returning officer.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 01:21 IST

IT IS likely to be plain sailing for the Samajwadi Party in the by-election to two Rajya Sabha seats despite a face-off between the ruling coalition and the Election Commission over appointment of the returning officer.

The party’s clear majority in the Vidhan Sabha is expected it to enable it to win the two seats with ease.

The by-election, slated for June 15, has been necessitated following disqualification of actress Jaya Bachchan for holding an office of profit.

Industrialist and Samajwadi Party- supported independent MP Anil Ambani tendered his resignation after Jaya’s disqualification opened the Pandora’s box over the office of profit issue.

Jaya Bachchan is sure to make it to the Rajya Sabha again. As Ambani has shown his reluctance, the Samajwadi Party is yet to name anyone for the second seat. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has already indicated in his close circles that he will ensure that Jaya Bachchan is re-elected unopposed. He feels she was the only victim of the office of profit controversy.

As the post of Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council chairperson has not been taken out of the purview of disqualification, Jaya has resigned from it to ensure a smoother stint in the Rajya Sabha this time.

The chief minister is confident of ensuring her election unopposed in view of his party’s majority and the rapport he enjoys with leaders of various Opposition parties, except the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The Opposition does not appear to have any plan to contest the by-poll. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leaders have indicated that there is unlikely to be a consensus candidate on any of the two seats. Leader of Opposition Lalji Tandon said a decision about fielding a candidate would be taken only by the party high command.

As the by-election to the two seats will be held separately and a majority in the House will translate into victory for the ruling coalition’s candidate, the BJP may not even field a nominee, said a senior party leader.

Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said the party high command would take a decision about fielding a candidate.