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SP, RLD schism widening

WHILE SHARING power in the State, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have launched a tirade against each other in western UP. There is no-holds barred battle between the two in the region to gain ground.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 01:10 IST
M Hasan

WHILE SHARING power in the State, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have launched a tirade against each other in western UP. There is no-holds barred battle between the two in the region to gain ground.

Bitterness between the two parties came to the fore at the SP’s rally addressed by general secretary Prof Ram Gopal Yadav, newly elected Rajya Sabha member Amir Alam Khan and MP Munawwar Hasan, in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday. 

The party leaders, targeting RLD leaders, said that there was no coordination between the two groups in western UP. The SP leaders said that RLD was ruling the roost in western UP and this had sparked disenchantment among SP workers. Amir Alam said that the SP, which had considerable following in the region, was in a position to go it alone in assembly election.

In fact, the SP leaders are paying them in the same coin. RLD state president Ram Asre Verma and other leaders had been carrying out a campaign against the State Government in eastern UP. During the panchayat election, the RLD had come out openly against the SP. Even during the Kisan yatras attended by former Prime Minister VP Singh, the RLD leaders did not spare the State Government.

The RLD, in order to strengthen its Jat-Muslim alliance, had recently got Jamiat-ul-Ulema Hind (JUH) general secretary Mahmood Madni elected to Rajya Sabha with the help of the SP. In a counter move to keep Muslims in good humour, the SP picked up Amir Alam for the Rajya Sabha seat vacated by industrialist Anil Ambani. The SP is making vigorous efforts to strengthen its position in western UP. This has certainly made the RLD uncomfortable.

The RLD has, once again, decided to exploit emotive Harit Pradesh issue. The party, which had put the issue on the backburner after last assembly election, has now planned to hold rallies in western UP to mobilise the people on the issue. The SP is opposed to Harit Pradesh.

The RLD has been trying to widen base in eastern UP on separate Purvanchal issue. Facing massive infighting, the RLD, which enjoyed power both in Mayawati and Mulayam Singh-led governments, have now been desperately trying for electoral plank to retain its base.

Munna Singh Chauhan is sulking after removal from the ministry in March.

Resentment is also brewing among the MLAs against the style of functioning of MP Anuradha Chaudhury. Minister for Haj and Minorities welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi has been trying to disturb Jat-Muslim equation of the RLD in west.