Allocate some SP votes to us: RLD
WITH THE possibility of crossvoting in Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad elections on March 28, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has asked Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to allocate votes from among the MLAs, who had won on SP tickets. In view of ongoing horse-trading, the party doesn’t want to bank on 33 BSP defectors, who had joined the SP for power sharing.
Though the RLD has just 15 MLAs it has fielded general secretary Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind Mahmood Madni for Rajya Sabha and newcomer Harpal Saini for Vidhan Parishad. With its 15 MLAs the party would require 22 additional votes for RS and 14 for Vidhan Parishad to win the elections.
The Chief Minister has assured support to the RLD. However, to be doubly sure the RLD leadership has now asked Yadav to allocate votes from “original” SP MLAs and not from “defectors’, who could not be trusted.
The RLD hopes that with ‘open vote’ provision at least it could steer through Rajya Sabha election. Since there is no legal provision for open vote for Vidhan Parishad, the RLD leaders are suspicious about SP MLAs’ support to Saini.
The RLD sources said that Yadav had assured to provide the names of MLAs who would vote for the two candidates. But allocation from original SP stock to the RLD candidates could jeopardize the chances of SP official nominees.
The SP has fielded five candidates for Rajya Sabha and six for Vidhan Parishad.
While fielding these candidates the SP has taken the support of 33 members of BSP breakaway group for granted. However, both BSP chief Mayawati and the mafiosi-turned-MLAs’ group had been making determined efforts to wean away these rebels to ensure the victory of their candidates.
Similarly, 16 Independent MLAs and the ten-member splinter group have been individually trying to strike a deal with the candidates. Even there are fence sitters in the SP also. The mafiosi faction has fielded a BJP sympathizer and Delhi businessman Sudhanshu Mittal. Resentment is also brewing among RLD MLAs over the choice of Saini for Vidhan Parishad and the possibility of crossvoting could not be ruled.