Motor-mouth Agarwal’s clout enough to silence SP

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.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published:November 19, 2013 7:44 am

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 SP’s favour in the 2014 elections.

The top SP leadership — including party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav,minister Shivpal Yadav and party’s national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav — have visited Agarwal’s 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 grandson’s birthday on a huge scale and Mulayam ensured that at least one member of the Yadav family was present during the functions. Agarwal’s 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 SP’s 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 Mulayam’s cousin Ramgopal Yadav,the MP’s 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 BJP’s support.

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