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SP punishes truant dist units

THE SAMAJWADI Party leadership has started tightening noose around district units. A beginning to this effect has been made with the dissolution of the Kanpur Dehat and Ghaziabad units. Now, the axe is likely to fall on more district units to send the right message across the party?s rank and file.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 01:14 IST
M Hasan

THE SAMAJWADI Party leadership has started tightening noose around district units. A beginning to this effect has been made with the dissolution of the Kanpur Dehat and Ghaziabad units. Now, the axe is likely to fall on more district units to send the right message across the party’s rank and file.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has several times expressed his disenchantment with the functioning of district office-bearers, who are more interest in transfers and postings than consolidating the organisation at the grassroots level.

“This is shock treatment to the district leaders,” commented a senior party leader. While the Kanpur Dehat unit was disbanded last week for not participating in the Janata Darshan programme, Ghaziabad district president Sajid Hussain has been shunted out because of lobbying for transfers of some officers on June 13 when the party was holding statewide agitation against the Congress-led UPA Government.

Of late the Chief Minister has been regularly chiding the district leaders for serving their own interest at the cost of the party. The party had issued instructions to district leaders to popularize the government’s achievements among the people and also solve their problems. However, so far there has been no satisfactory response from them.

With utter apathy prevailing among the senior district leaders, including MLAs, the party had fallen back on frontal organisations to gear up for the Assembly elections.

With the chief minister foreseeing the ‘toughest challenge’ in the forthcoming election, the party could certainly not go to the hustings with shattered district units.

Now, moves are afoot to tighten loose ends by stemming the rot set in the system.

The party leadership is quite disillusioned with ministers and MLAs also. Yadav has expressed his concern over the indulgence of party leaders in lavish lifestyle.

By taking action against district leaders, the party hopes to offset anti-incumbency by bringing to the fore fresh faces.

As Mulayam Singh Yadav prepares for the poll, ministers and MLAs “sukh suvidha” (luxurious life) has turned out to be bane for the party.

There are also alarming intelligence reports against district leaders.