Two SP MPs resign over poll violence
The Samajwadi Party MPs from Muzaffarnagar Munawwar Hussain and Amir Alam Khan on Tuesday shot off resignation letters to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in protest against the district police failure to arrest Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Kadir Rana in connection with murder of a SP leader Muzaffar Rana on October 28.
Chairman Pradeshik Cooperative Dairy Federation (PCDF) Pramod Tiyagi and Muzaffarnagar district party unit president Sanjay Chauhan also announced resignation along with the two MPs.
While Munawwar Hussain represented Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha seat, Amir Alam was earlier this year elected to Rajya Sabha.
Talking to newsmen Hussain also claimed that two more SP MLAs - Uma Kiran and Kiranpal Kashyap - had sent their resignations to the chief minister.
The resignation-spree was fallout of the ongoing war between SP and RLD in Muzaffarnagar. During civic election on October 28, SP leader Muzaffar Rana was killed in clash and SP candidate for chairmanship Rashid Siddique had sustained serious head injury. He is hospitalised in Meerut.
The RLD leader Kadir Rana was one of the four accused in the case. While Gauri Rana and Irfan were arrested Kadir Rana and his younger brother Noor Rana were let off under the pressure of RLD MP and chairperson irrigation development and flood control commission Anuradha Chaudhury who is camping in the town for the last two days.
Giving full protection to Ranas, Anuradha Chaudhury has demanded registration of counter FIR against the SP leaders.
However pressing for Kadir Rana's arrest Hussain had announced on October 28 that he would submit resignation if Rana was not arrested within 36 hours.
Thus on expiry of the deadline he sent his resignation to the chief minister on Tuesday. Hussain said he would chalk out further strategy on November 4.
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