The Samajwadi Party today re-nominated film actress-turned politician Jaya Bachchan for the Rajya Sabha election next month from the state.
Mulayam Singh Yadav’s move may further alienate expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh from SP. Singh wanted the megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s wife Jaya to leave the SP.
The SP vice president Rashid Masood, who had lost 2009 Lok Sabha election from Saharanpur, has also been nominated for Rajya Sabha.
In view of Amar Singh-Bachchan family relations there was feeling in the SP circle that she would be denied re-nomination. Her present term expires on July 4, 2010.
Even though the SP’s Lok Sabha member from Rampur Jaya Prada had joined Amar Singh camp, Jaya Bachchan maintained safe distance.
While in political circle, the re-nomination is also being seen as widening rift between Amar Singh and Bachchans, Singh recently made it clear that he had family relations with them.
Jaya too had expressed disappointment over the expulsion of Amar Singh from the SP. But at a rally of Thakurs in Delhi in March 2010, Amar Singh had targeted Jaya Bachchan for staying with the SP.
The state unit chief Akhilesh Yadav announcing the names said she was a dedicated leader and had served the party for a long time. Akhilesh said the SP parliamentary board had cleared her name. Even while expelling Amar Singh and Jaya Prada from the party in February last, SP spokesman Mohan Singh had refrained from commenting on Jaya Bachchan.
The nomination of Rashid Masood is aimed at placating the Muslim community, which had been feeling alienated after Yadav-Kalyan Singh alliance in 2009 Lok Sabha poll. Rashid Masood too had lost largely for this reason in Muslim-dominated Saharanpur constituency.
Jaya Bachchan was embroiled in legal controversy during previous term. After she resigned over office of profit issue, Yadav got her elected again.
Akhilesh also announced candidature of Ram Sunder Das Nishad, Balram Singh Yadav and Ram Naresh Yadav for Vidhan Parishad election. With present strength of 87 MLAs in the state assembly the SP is in position to ensure victory of both Jaya and Masood. Each candidate would require 34 votes first preference vote to win. The party has support of few independent MLAs also. Three Vidhan Parishad candidates would require 29 votes each for victory.