No Samajwadi Party MLA from Allahabad found place in the Akhilesh Yadavs ministry that took oath on Thursday in Lucknow even as the party has won eight of the 12 Assembly seats in the district.
In contrast,some of the smaller districts of the eastern region saw more than one MLA being inducted in the ministry. While party workers and leaders are hopeful of an expansion sometime in future,old-timers attribute the non-inclusion to less-than-satisfactory profile of the winners from the district.
Some of the names that did rounds for a ministerial berth in the district include Saeed Ahmed (Phulpur),Ansar Ahmed (Phaphamau) and Haji Pervez Ahmed (Allahabad-South),besides even Ujjwal Raman Singh,who had lost from Karchchana. While Saeed is considered to be close to senior SP leader Azam Khan,Ansar had been a minister of state under Mulayam Singh Yadavs regime.
Pervez was hopeful on having a go at the ministerial berth on account of his newly acquired giant killer status,as he has defeated BSP minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi and BJPs senior leader Keshri Nath Tripathi. Even the name of two-time MLA Mahesh Narayan Singh (Handia) had come up.
Ujjwal,son of Allahabad MP Reoti Raman Singh and himself a former minister of state,was a certainty had he won from his seat. Old-timers in the party maintained that overall personalities of the candidates including their educational qualification and the manner in which they carry themselves seemed to have been the deciding factor. Those whose names were doing rounds do not fall into the category of well-educated. A couple of them have not even passed the intermediate level, said an old-timer requesting anonymity.
Two other MLAs,both from the reserved constituencies,Satyaveer Munna (Soraon) and Dr Ajay Bharti (Bara),are well-educated and carry positive images but are first-timers,he added. It appears that more than educational qualification,it was the overall personality and the positive image of the wining MLA that has been taken into consideration, he added.
The workers are,however,surprised over the induction of more than one MLA as ministers from smaller districts of the eastern region.
For instance,two Cabinet Ministers – Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya (Kunda) and Raja Ram Pandey (Vishwanathganj) – from Pratapgarh have found place in the cabinet.