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Samajwadi Party takes a beating this year

IT WAS a year of hectic political activity with by-polls, Panchayat elections and students? union elections, causing much embarrassment to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 00:07 IST

IT WAS a year of hectic political activity with by-polls, Panchayat elections and students’ union elections, causing much embarrassment to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

The Bahujan Samaj Party, too, suffered a beating in view of the expulsion of its two MPs who were caught in the ‘cash for query scam’.

The SP retained the Varanasi North seat with its candidate, Rabia Begum, winning the by-polls on June 2. The SP had to bite the dust in the recently held by-poll in Aurai constituency with the BSP’s Ranganath Mishra wresting the seat.

The seat fell vacant after SP’s Udai Bhan Singh was disqualified for indictment in a murder case.

The year also saw students’ union elections in colleges and universities, like Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Harish Chandra Degree College and Udai Pratap College. The results were not in favour of SP, as expected.

The elections for the gram pradhan, kshetra panchayat and district panchayat were also held this year, and now hectic politicking is on for the district panchayat chief. The result is likely to go against the SP and the Bharatiya Janata Party, as the Apna Dal has comparatively more district panchayat members who elect the district panchayat chief.

It was unexpected for even the elected MPs that the political atmosphere in two Parliamentary constituencies—- Robertsganj and Mirzapur—- started soaring once again following the disqualification of two MPs, Lal Chand Kol and Narindera Kachwaha of the BSP, caught accepting bribes on camera.

Though the Election Commission is in the process of issuing notification for the by-polls in these two Parliamentary constituencies, political leaders have suddenly started visiting the two constituencies in the year end.

Similar is the case with Jaunpur Parliamentary constituency, as the incumbent MP Paras Nath Yadav of the SP was expelled from the party after he was shown on camera demanding commission for releasing funds from his Local Area Development Constituency scheme.

The politics of the ruling SP failed in most parts of eastern UP, except in Mau and Ghazipur, when it came to issues of scarcity of power and increasing crime.

The murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai in Ghazipur on November 29 and BJP’s demand for a CBI probe soared the party’s graph. Former CM Rajnath Singh’s indefinite dharna for this demand, worried the ruling SP, and Mulayam Singh Yadav will address a public rally in Varanasi on the last day of the year.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 00:07 IST