THE SAMAJWADI Party may deny tickets to a large number of its sitting MLAs in the next assembly elections. The party has launched a massive exercise to identify winnable candidates. Some fence sitters in the SP are already exploring possibilities in other parties.
Thus, the induction of leaders from other parties is being seen as a move to fill up the void. There is a growing feeling in the party that instead of renominating MLAs, who have turned into an embarrassment for the party during the last three years, new faces should be fielded to ward off anti-incumbency.
It is learnt that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is unhappy with several ministers whose opulent lifestyle had affected the party’s image. The chief minister had repeatedly reprimanded the ministers for wallowing in “satta ka sukh” (pleasure of power) at the cost of the party.
In his address to party workers on August 29, the chief minister said the leaders were more interested in getting their work done than strengthening the organisation. In fact, slackness on the part of ministers and the MLAs had forced the chief minister in June last to launch campaign for the party. They have also been blamed for not coming to the defence of the party leadership, which is under attack from the Congress-led UPA Government.
Not only the MLAs but also district unit leaders have dented the image of the organisation. However, there is no move to take action against them at this moment. “We will take work from them,” commented a senior party leader here on Monday.
There is subtle message in Mulayam Singh Yadav and Janeshwar Mishra’s repeated reminders about the battle, which the party fought few months before coming to power in 2003.
After three years in power “the party has lost sheen and fighting spirit,” said the leader.