As fissures in the Samajwadi Party deepened Sunday, the BJP asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly even as the BSP said the government will fall on its own in a day or two.
“CM Akhilesh Yadav should resign or prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly. His government has been reduced to minority and he should not take any policy decision,” state BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said.
He said that the state administration is disorganised and nobody is listening to the public’s problems. “It is not clear who is winning the family fight but the people of UP are the real losers. The whole dispute in the family is over sharing the money looted through the government,” he added.
Also amid allegations that Rajya Sabha MP Ramgopal Yadav was sacked from the SP for “colluding with BJP”, Maurya made it clear that no one from the “Saifai family” would be allowed to join the party. “No one from the Saifai family will be allowed to join the party. There is total prohibition on that,” Maurya told reporters in Kanpur when asked whether Ramgopal would be joining BJP.
In New Delhi, BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said the fast-paced developments within the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party have “exposed” Akhilesh. “The ongoing theatrics within SP is an exercise of shrouding their sins. The party has become a sinking ship which has failed on every front. Mafia raj is prevailing…Akhilesh could not fulfil promises,” Sharma said.
In a similar vein, BSP said only “destruction” and no development was taking place under the SP government in Uttar Pradesh. “The father is sacking the son while the son is sacking the uncle. SP has been destroyed. The government will get dismissed in one or two days,” BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Misra said in Mau.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh said the disclosure that SP detached itself from the “mahagathbandhan” in Bihar at the behest of the BJP confirms the nexus between the to parties. “The masks have been removed. It is time for the people of UP to recognise those who are in power in the state and in Delhi,” said Singh, the MLA from Rudrapur in Deoria.
He said that although it was the prerogative of the CM to remove a Cabinet colleague, it is not clear why the four ministers have been expelled.
“The government is elected to fight for the people but the Samajwadi Party leaders are fighting for themselves,” he added.
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SP MLAs divided; they speak out
Subhash Pasi – MLA from Saidpur, Ghazipur
“The happenings have improved the image of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in public. Public has sympathy with CM and he is getting support of youths and other sections of the society too.”
Raghuraj Singh Shakya – MLA from Etawah
“The entire matter is related to party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Shivpal ji has not disturbed the party. There has been lack of communication between senior leaders and issues will be sorted out when all of them meet at one place and speak to each other. Party workers are suffering and a negative message is going to the public.”
Rakesh Pratap Singh – MLA from Gauriganj, Amethi
“There is pro-Akhilesh atmosphere in the state and party will win the election on slogan of ‘Jai Akhilesh-Sirf
Akhilesh”. There is no negative effect of party’s internal disturbance.”
Satish Kumar Nigam – MLA from Kalyanpur, Kanpur
“There is no negative message in public because Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been executing public-related
works despite recent happenings. The entire party and all the MLAs are with Neta ji (Mulayam) and Akhilesh. All the
issues will be sorted very soon. I do not feel there is any conspiracy against Akhilesh.
Irfan Solanki – MLA from Sisamau, Kanpur
“There is confusion among the public and workers as well following ongoing disturbance in the party and that could affect the party.”