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Media ?saves? day for 2 BSP rebels

WHEN BSP chief Mayawati said current developments on the political horizon of UP reminded her of June 2, 1995 incident, she was not out of tune. She was presumably referring to the reported overnight operation by tough men of Samajwadi Party to capture the members of the BSP breakaway group.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 01:22 IST

WHEN BSP chief Mayawati said current developments on the political horizon of UP reminded her of June 2, 1995 incident, she was not out of tune. She was presumably referring to the reported overnight operation by tough men of Samajwadi Party to capture the members of the BSP breakaway group.

Within hours of Mayawati’s observation at a press conference here today, a dramatic situation cropped up at the residence of Jaivir Singh, who had resigned from the ministry with Surendra Vikram Singh and Dharampal Singh. A piquant situation prevailed at Singh’s residence when Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, criminal-turned MLA Dhananjay Singh, Rajendra Singh Rana, Ramgovind Singh and few others arrived there to pick up Jaivir and two other MLAs. But their plan was frustrated because of the presence of media men.

By this time Mayawati had reached Raj Bhawan to discuss the political crisis with the Governor. Even before the SP raiding party could reach there to capture Singh and two others, nearly a dozen members of the breakaway group had already left the house. Most of them later appeared at the chief minister’s residence.

Raja Bhaiyya, who was taken aback by the scene at the former minister’s house, briefly talked to Jaivir Singh and later told newsmen that he had come to ‘sort out’ the matter and bring Singh him back to SP fold. He said the differences had not reached such a pass that he could not talk to them.

In fact, media presence saved the day for Jaivir and others. Jaivir said he was in touch with other MLAs. Singh said around a dozen MLAs had come and some of them even tried to convince him to go back to the SP. He said ‘our men’ were in the SP camp and would come out at an appropriate moment. While Jaivir was resigning from the ministry on Wednesday, he had also asked the Governor to provide hims with more security as PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav had threatened him, a charge which Yadav flatly denied today.

Sources said Raja Bhaiyya was also a reluctant player in the drive to ‘track down’ the MLAs last night, as he was not happy with the Chief Minister’s decision to appoint his tormentor Mohd Mustafa as district magistrate of Rampur on the recommendation of Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan. During Mayawati’s regime Mustafa was instrumental in slapping POTA on Raja Bhaiyya and seizure of his vast properties. While Raja Bhaiyya wanted action against him, Khan ensured that no harm was done to Mustafa.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 01:22 IST