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Former PMs' offsprings battle it out in Fatehpur

lucknow Updated: Apr 11, 2009 12:30 IST

The Fatehpur Lok Sabha constituency will see a battle between offsprings of two former prime ministers - the son of V P Singh and the grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Ajeya Singh, who is making his electoral debut, is contesting under the banner of the Jan Morcha floated by his late father after a merger with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) fell through.

Vibhakar Shastri, the grandson of former premier Lal Bahadur Shastri, is in the fray as the Congress candidate.

While Ajeya is trying to cash in on the public sentiments in the name of his father, Vibhakar Shastri is hoping his grandfather's legacy would see him through. He had lost from the same seat in 1999.

The two will be slugging it out with Rakesh Sachan of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Mahendra Prasad Nishad of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Radhey Shyam Gupta of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"I have already started campaigning in the area," Vibhakar Shastri, whose ticket was finalised only a couple of days ago, said. After the death of his father, Ajeya Singh merged the Jan Morcha with the LJP and, in return, he was named the party candidate from Fatehpur from where V P Singh was elected to Parliament twice.

In fact, after being named as the LJP candidate, Ajeya Singh had even launched his election campaign in the area.

However, Paswan's alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad virtually dashed the hopes of Singh.

Following the alliance, both the RJD and the LJP announced not to field candidates against SP nominees, leaving Ajeya in a lurch. The SP, too, made clear that it had already named Sachan as its candidate, who had launched his campaign, and it was impossible for the party to support Ajeya's candidature.

Failing to find support of these parties, Ajeya has launched an exercise into reviving the Jan Morcha and had been able to engineer a split in the state unit of the RJD. Accusing the SP and the LJP of ditching him, Ajeya then filed his nomination from Fatehpur as Jan Morcha candidate.

"Initially, the SP promised to support me as UPA candidate, but the party back tracked at the last moment," he claimed.

"Ajeya Singh is the son of the messiah of Mandal (the down-trodden). Though all the parties talk about the uplift of the down-trodden and dalits and advocate reservation, they are not ready to support Ajeya. A conspiracy is being hatched to stop him from entering politics," Jan Morcha's national general secretary Vinod Singh has alleged.