He may be courting controversy with his comments that touched a new low in political discourse,but Samjawadi Party (SP) has steadfastly refused to rein in Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal.
Reason: Agarwal holds clout in at least two parliamentary constituencies Hardoi and Mishrikh and can swing votes in SPs favour in the 2014 elections.
The top SP leadership including party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav,minister Shivpal Yadav and partys national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav have visited Agarwals home district Hardoi in the last one month to attend rallies organised by him.
Agarwal had organised a Muslim Sammelan,a Dalit Sammelan and celebrated his and grandsons birthday on a huge scale and Mulayam ensured that at least one member of the Yadav family was present during the functions. Agarwals request for taking up problems of rice millers was taken seriously and Ramgopal personally met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for sorting out the matter.
The visits by the Yadav clan was to keep the MP in good humour and not to discuss his public outbursts that have only cause embarrassment for the party.
Shivpal Yadav says politicians should maintain decorum while issuing statements. Politicians should know their limits and maintain decency. No one can justify such statements, Shivpal said. He,however,remained silent on any action against Agarwal.
The silence of SP leadership highlights the importance of Agarwal. Both hardoi and Mishrikh seats are reserved and SP is heavily dependent on Agarwal for winning them. In Lok Sabha election every seat counts, a senior SP functionary said.
While SPs Usha Verma hold the Hardoi seat,Mishrikh is represented by Ashok Kumar Rawat of BSP. SP has fielded Jai Prakash Rawat from Mishrikh and retained Verma from Hardoi.
Agarwal,who had joined the SP after quitting BSP in December 2011,is presently the national general secretary of the party. Considered close to Mulayams cousin Ramgopal Yadav,the MPs son Nitin Agarwal is presently minister of state for medical and health in Akhilesh Yadav government. Known for switching loyalties,Agarwal since his baptism in politics in 1980 has been in Congress,Loktantrik Congress,BSP and remained a minister with BJPs support.
Shooting from the lips
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On gold hunt in Unnao: The excavation has begun….lets see what comes out…if the gold if found then legally it will be the state governments property
On BJP: There is an idiom… when someone seeks blessings from a widow,she asks the person to become like her. Similarly,the BJP is trying to make everybody like themselves
On Narendra Modi: Modi wants to become a PM. Someone rising from a tea shop can never have a national perspective.