Scramble for ticket lands SP in trouble

The ticket distribution for assembly election creates a piquant situation in ruling Samajwadi Party, reports M Hasan.
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Updated on Mar 16, 2007 05:21 PM IST
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None | ByM Hasan, Lucknow

The ticket distribution for assembly election has created a piquant situation in ruling Samajwadi Party. Even there is rebellion among senior party leaders over the denial of tickets to their kins or supporters.

Expressing concern over the prevailing situation Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday blasted the party leaders for scramble over the tickets. He said when other parties had already started campaigning SP leaders had been fighting for the tickets.

While party general secretary and MP Beni Prasad Verma is sulking in anger over refusal of nominations to his acolytes in Barabanki and Bahraich and had announced to form a new party, another SP MP from Moradabad Dr Shafiqur Rahman Burq has fielded his son Mamlukur Rahman Burq from Sambhal on Rashtriya Lok Dal ticket.

Talking to Hindustan Times over phone Dr Burq said it was not possible to support the SP candidate Iqbal Mahmood, who had campaigned against him (Burq) in Lok Sabha election. Burq said he had asked the chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to nominate his son but the request was turned down. Burq said there was no indiscipline in campaigning for his son. "Mera beta hai main na campaign karoonga to phir kaun karega (He is my son if would not campaign who will do). Burq said there was all round resentment against SP candidate in the constituency. However Mamlukur Rahman said "my father was still in SP and it was for him to decide". Shafiqur Ramhan Burq however refused to comment on over all position of the SP in the region.

Western UP had three Muslim MPs from SP- Burq, Munnawar Hasan (Muzaffar Nagar), Qazi Rashid Masood, (Saharanpur). Burq and Munawwar Hasan have already revolted against the SP. It is learnt that moves were afoot in RLD to win over Rashid Masood. BSP MP from Meerut Mohd Shahid Akhlaq, who was suspended from the party, has joined the SP. Beni Verma has announced to form a new party. The SP has launched desperate move to assuage his hurt feelings.

In order to pacify the ticket seekers at the party headquarters here on Friday the chief minister said that he would adjust all those who could not get ticket, after the formation of the next government. Calling upon the party leaders to unite, the chief minister said there were around 5500 posts in government, on which they would be adjusted.

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