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VP out to spoil CM?s party

FORMER PRIME minister VP Singh is back to ?morcha politics?. First it was against Rajiv Gandhi, now he has targeted Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. The selection of rebel SP MP Raj Babbar as president of Jan Morcha is being considered an ominous sign for the ruling Samajwadi Party- Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in the State.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 01:20 IST
M Hasan

FORMER PRIME minister VP Singh is back to “morcha politics”. First it was against Rajiv Gandhi, now he has targeted Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. The selection of rebel SP MP Raj Babbar as president of Jan Morcha is being considered an ominous sign for the ruling Samajwadi Party- Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in the State.

The Jan Morcha has created a piquant situation for the RLD, which had been carrying on its Kisan rallies with the help of the Raja of Manda. With Singh defining political programme of the Morcha, the RLD will also have to clearly define its relations with it. For the RLD chief Ajit Singh, it could either be VP Singh or Yadav. Reacting to the development, RLD spokesman Anil Dubey said here on Monday that the Kisan Manch of VP Singh should decide its future course of action.

The RLD, in order to ward off anti-incumbency factor and also widen base in eastern UP, had launched Kisan yatras. The yatras had attracted good response in the region, largely because of the presence of VP Singh. But Ajit Singh sharing power with Yadav is unwilling to part ways with the SP. The reason is not far to seek. In western UP, the RLD is directly pitted against the BSP, where it needs the SP’s help. Ajit Singh’s problems are also likely to compound because of the plan of Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, to launch Muslim Morcha. It would only hurt the RLD’s Jat-Muslim combination. Qureshi said Muslims were feeling disenchanted with the RLD.

Suspended Babbar, who has all the potential to create problem for the party, is all set to launch a campaign against the ruling establishment in UP. Babbar’s morcha is reminiscent of Kalyan Singh’s Rashtriya Kranti Party (RKP), which could win just four seats in the Assembly elections in 2002 but had damaged the BJP in nearly 70 segments. Similar possibility of damages could not be ruled out for the SP. However it is too early to identify the beneficiary.