QUAMI EKTA Dal (QED) MLA Mukhtar Ansari on Tuesday said his party was not going to merge with the ruling SP as of now and decision in this regard would be taken later.
Mukhtar on Tuesday met Cabinet minister and SP state in-charge Shivpal Singh Yadav at his office in the Assembly. While Mukhtar denied that the issue of merger was discussed, he told mediapersons: “We want to defeat communal forces and a decision will be taken later.”
On June 21, a merger between the two parties was announced at the SP headquarters in the presence of Shivpal. However, three days later, it was called off by the SP parliamentary board after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav objected to a tie-up with jailed mafia Mukhtar Ansari.
The Mau MLA, Mukhtar is currently lodged in a Lucknow jail but came to the Assembly on Tuesday to attend House proceedings.
Accommpanied by his brother Sigbatullaha, n MLA from Mohammadabad in Ghazipur, Mukhtar met Shivpal for nearly 45 minutes.
Mukhtar later told mediapersons that at the meeting, the power crisis in Mau and problems being faced by farmers in Ghazipur due to floods were discussed. Asked the cancellation of the QED-SP merger, he said: “I did not go anywhere for the merger. Afzal and my elder brother (Sigbatullaha) went. Those who cancelled the merger could only comment on it.”
“There is no question of my joining (SP),” he added.
When contacted, Sigbatullaha said: “As Shivpal ji is the irrigation minister, Mukhtar and I met him regarding the problem of floods in Ghazipur and requested that district officials be asked to provide relief to the affected people. We did not discuss any other issue.”
Meanwhile, QED president Afzal Ansari said he had not received any proposal or indication from the SP for the revival of the merger. “If they invite us, we will think about it,” he told PTI.