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'No immediate fallout of Kalyan's exit on party in UP'

Former CM Kalyan Singh's exit from the BJP is unlikely to have any immediate impact on the party in politically-crucial Uttar Pradesh as even his staunch supporters are not willing to step into his shoes.

lucknow Updated: Jan 21, 2009 21:44 IST

Former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh's exit from the BJP is unlikely to have any immediate impact on the party in politically-crucial Uttar Pradesh as even his staunch supporters are not willing to step into his shoes.

Though some of his loyalists still have unflinching faith in him, they are yet to take the plunge and threw their lot with him, party sources said.

Rumours flew thick and fast about resignations of his two supporters, Sunder Singh, an MLA from Syana, and MLC Sudhakar Verma, but both are yet to part ways with the saffron party.

Scotching rumours about his snapping ties with the BJP, Singh, however, said he had immense respect for Kalyan Singh, the former vice-president of the party and its Hindutva face during the Ayodhya movement.

Verma went a step further and said he would abide by any directive issued by "Babuji" (Kalyan Singh).

The sources also said the party did not foresee any immediate fallout of Kalyan's departure from the BJP on the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council polls slated for Thursday.

They, nevertheless, said Kalyan Singh's daughter-in-law Premlata Singh, a sitting MLA from Atrauli, would eventually quit the party along with her husband and father-in-law.

Kusum Rai, a close confidante of Kalyan Singh, has already made clear her intentions to remain in the BJP and work for ensuring the victory of its candidates in the coming Lok Sabha election.

On what spurred Kalyan to leave the BJP in a huff, Rai said he was misled by some vested interests.

Things would have been different had Singh was taken into confidence, she said.