With UP assembly polls a year away, tension brews in Samajwadi Party: Azam Khan criticises leadership

While large-scale discontent is brewing within the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the top guns of the political outfit are still to come out of the festive hangover and do some damage control.

hidden November 16, 2015 15:01:35 IST
With UP assembly polls a year away, tension brews in Samajwadi Party: Azam Khan criticises leadership

By Vivek Avasthi

While large-scale discontent is brewing within the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the top guns of the political outfit are still to come out of the festive hangover and do some damage control. With elections in the state just over a year away, this cannot be termed a healthy sign for the party.

Powerful party leader and the minority face of the party Mohammad Azam Khan is in kop bhawan. He was the first leader of the party to criticise the decision of the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to exit the Mahagathbandhan consisting of the JD(U), the RJD and the Congress, ahead of Bihar assembly elections.

The results of Bihar elections have lent credence to Azam's view as the party could not win a single seat and could muster just one percent of the total votes polled. Azam is also said to be annoyed with Mulayam's remark that "some leaders of my party do not like when PM Modi praises me".

With UP assembly polls a year away tension brews in Samajwadi Party Azam Khan criticises leadership

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Azam is also not happy with the recent reshuffle of the Akhilesh cabinet in which some names were dropped and some new faces were picked up. He is particularly unhappy with the inclusion of former Akali leader Balwant Singh Romoowalia and Madan Chauhan in the ministry. Chauhan is said to be a close confidant of expelled leader Amar Singh, who is also said to be making serious efforts to patch up with the party leadership.

Initially, there were strong rumours of him tendering his resignation from the party but the party top leadership, unlike other times, choose to simply ignore the issue rather than denying all this by at least issuing a statement in this regard.

But Azam is not the only leader who is annoyed. Controversial leader Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya is also upset over his 'demotion' in the Akhilesh ministry. From being the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, he is now Minister for Stamps and Registration, Court Fee and Civil Defence. The five-time independent MLA from Kunda, Pratapgarh, has not assumed his new office and charge even after two weeks the change took place. He also did not attend a cabinet meeting in which some important decisions regarding his new ministry were to be taken.

Party's former state general secretary CP Rai is another unhappy man. He was nominated member of the State Planning Commission only recently. He resigned from this post citing two reasons. In a sarcastic tone, thanking the chief minister he said he did not think he is fit enough for this 'important post' and second, he did not want to be paid from public money for a post which has little to do for the general public.

The list of disgruntled leaders of the party does not end here. There are more than a dozen sitting MLAs and some ministers of the Akhilesh cabinet as well who have read the mind and mood of the voter for the upcoming state assembly elections. These leaders are already lobbying and hobnobbing with leaders of other parties, specially the Bhartiya Janata Party, to get tickets for the next elections.

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