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SP crisis far from over

EVEN AFTER parading 29 MLAs of the BSP breakaway group before the media on Thursday to claim majority, the crisis is far from over in the ruling Samajwadi Party. SP leaders did not appear to be confident about the support of the entire group, as they have been holding secret parleys with senior BSP leaders.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 01:38 IST

EVEN AFTER parading 29 MLAs of the BSP breakaway group before the media on Thursday to claim majority, the crisis is far from over in the ruling Samajwadi Party.

SP leaders did not appear to be confident about the support of the entire group, as they have been holding secret parleys with senior BSP leaders.

Both Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati have been playing numbers game while keeping their cards close their chests.

Jaivir Singh and four other MLAs, who had gone back to the BSP, claimed here today that some more MLAs would meet Governor TV Rajeswar soon. The crisis management team of the ruling party comprising senior ministers Shivpal Singh Yadav, Naresh Agarwal, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya and Ramgovind Chaudhury met at Yadav’s residence to tighten noose around possible deserters.

The SP camp has got extremely suspicious about the breakaway faction, as some of the paraded MLAs appeared at the residence of Jaivir Singh today.

According to Jaivir Singh, even the chief minister vainly tried to talk to him through some intermediaries. Jaivir Singh has emerged as the point’s man for the BSP to bring back other rebels also.

Strongly refuting the report that he had gone back to the SP, Jaivir Singh told newsmen today that after the High Court’s decision, there was no question of associating with the SP. Four others who had deserted the ruling camp with him were also present.

Meanwhile, as Shivpal invited Jaivir Singh for negotiation late on Thursday night, deputy leader of the SP Amibika Chaudhury in the State assembly moved a petition with the Speaker seeking disqualification of the five MLAs. Jaivir Singh said his meeting with Yadav was on the request of some well-wishers but he was not going back.

He said MLAs’ parade at the CM’s residence was “meaningless”, as large number of them were now with the BSP. MLA Brijendra Singh, who was at the CM’s residence yesterday, was spotted at Jaivir’s house today. He said after the HC decision the resignation of all the 18 ministers of this group had become imperative, a demand also made by the Congress.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 01:38 IST