After holding one-to-one meetings with party’s Lok Sabha election nominees, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav Sunday constituted a five member committee to coordinate with candidates and solve the problems they face in their respective constituencies.
Mulayam heads the committee, which has party’s general secretaries Ramgopal Yadav and Kiranmoy Nanda, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav as its members .
Of total 80, SP has declared candidates for 77 Lok Sabha seats in the state —- it is yet to announce candidates for Amethi, Rae Bareli and Rampur parliamentary constituencies. After getting reports of infighting, Mulayam had called all the candidates for discussions. Each candidate was called separately for interaction.
After meeting the candidates, Mulayam announced to form the 5-member committee. “The candidates can contact any member of the committee about the problems being faced by them. The committee will settle the issues,” a Lok Sabha candidate said.
However, a SP leader said there was not much to read into the formation of the committee. “The committee includes party’s top leadership. Only Kiranmoy Nanda is an outside face. Since Nanda is from West Bengal, he hardly has any information about the state. We already used to discuss our problems with the top leadership. there is nothing new it,” he said, requesting anonymity.
According to a LS candidate, Mulayam discussed various election issues and also asked whether the ministers were supporting them in their campaign. Most of the candidates informed Mulayam that ministers were proving to be a liability due to their non performance and poor interaction with the masses. They also reportedly lodged their resentment towards the local officials and several of them urged for their transfers. The request was accepted and they were told to give it in writing.