Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday directed his legislators to shun groupism and ensure victory of party candidates in Lok Sabha elections. Mulayam also announced that frequent changes in candidates list is not possible as it lowers his image.
Legislators poured their hearts out and complained against senior officials during the four-hour meeting with Mulayam and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the party office on Saturday. Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav,too,was present at the meeting,which was summoned by Mulayam to get feedback about the partys status in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Mulayam had summoned a similar meeting of SPs district and city unit presidents on April 3. I also have the report card of all the legislators. You should now concentrate on winning Lok Sabha elections as they can be held anytime. A poor performance will adversely affect the state governments image, he said.
Mulayam admitted that some candidates are not of the legislators choice. You may not like some candidates but bury all the difference and work for them. I cannot change them frequently as our image takes a beating. There may be some changes,but every MLA should ensure that SP candidate wins in their Assembly constituency, Mulayam said.
He also said that he has the list of all candidates and their working. Some of the candidates hardly move out in their area. I have their list. I may take some decision on this, he said. Mulayam also asked Akhilesh: Does Dimple visit her constituency Kannauj? At this,Akhilesh replied that MLAs from Kannauj will better answer it. The MLAs claimed that she is a regular in their constituency.
Legislators from Pratapgarh said that it is becoming difficult for them to work for party candidate C N Singh as he is often involved in controversies,while Aligarh MLAs raised their voice against party candidate Kajal Sharma wife of MLA Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit. At this Guddu Pandit announced that he will resign if his wife loses the election. Mulayam,however,asked him to remain seated.
Mulayam claimed that no party will get majority in Lok Sabha election and the party with high number of seats will become important. A resounding victory in Lok Sabha will further strengthen the state government. Make sure that you work hard taking along everyone,including office bearers in the party, he said.
Legislators also raised their voices against some officials in Akhileshs secretariat. The officials at fifth floor (CMs secretariat) do not take our work seriously. I have specific examples where Principal Secretary (Home) R M Srivastava has not done the work despite instructions from the chief minister, said one MLA. On this Akhilesh replied: Action has been taken on the complaints. Any specific complaint can be given in writing to me.
Another SP MLA levelled similar allegation against the DGP. He is very slow and usually delays things. He should be removed for improving law and order situation in the state, said a MLA.