BSP chief Mayawati has sacked several of her ministers and denied them and several MLAs the party ticket,claiming they failed to discharge their duty or misused their official position. However,records reveal that most of them had won by a small margin in 2007 and,according to a BSP leader,would not have been able to defy anti-incumbency factor this time.
In the last few weeks,BSP has sacked and denied tickets to 10 ministers and several MLAs.
The ruling party denied ticket to Bijnor MLA Shahnawaz Rana who recently joined RLD. During 2007 Assembly polls,Rana had got 61,588 votes against 61,031 votes of Kunvar Bhartendra of SP,winning the seat by just 557 votes.
Shahjil Islam Ansari was sacked as minister and denied ticket. Ansari was minister of Wakf and represented Bhojipura constituency of Bareilly. Ansari had fetched 39,339 votes against 38,209 of BJPs Bahoran Lal Maurya,claiming a win by just 1,130 votes.
Ayurveda minister Daddan Mishra who represented Shrawastis Bhinga seat was also denied the candidature and subsequently he resigned from the ministers post and recently joined the BJP. Daddan had fetched 28,707 votes against 28,616 of Congresss Mohammad Aslam,winning by just 91 votes.
BSP also denied ticket to Sahaswan MLA DP Yadav who is now trying to get into the SP fold. Yadav,who had contested on the symbol of his Rashtriya Parivartan Dal,had received 33,883 votes against 33,774 votes of SPs Omkar Singh,winning by just 109 votes. Yadav had merged his party with the BSP after elections.
Higher Education minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi,who represents Handia constituency of Allahabad district,after being denied ticket by the BSP,is now trying to enter the BJP. Tripathi had scored 62,151 votes against 60,809 votes of SPs Mahesh Narayan Singh,winning by a margin of just 1,342 votes.
Technical Education minister Sadal Prasad,who was also sacked and dropped from the list of candidates,represents Bansgaon constituency of Gorakhpur. He had got 41,586 votes against 39,302 votes of BJPs Sant Prasad,winning by just 2,284 votes.
Secondary Education minister Rangnath Mishra,who resigned after his indictment by Lokayukta,was also dropped by the BSP from Aurai seat of Sant Ravidas Nagar which he represents. Mishra had received 53,759 votes against 51,028 votes of Apna Dals Rita Singh,and won the seat with 2,731 votes.
Agriculture Education and Agriculture Research minister,Rajpal Tyagi who was sacked from the cabinet on December 25,had received 37,796 as an independent candidate from Muradnagar against 34,776 votes of BSPs Wahab,winning by 3,020 votes.
When these candidates could win with so small margin while there was a strong anti-incumbency against SP government,they will definitely not be able to resist the anti-incumbency factor working against themselves, said a BSP leader adding that other factors like corruption charges and delimitation of constituencies have also played a vital role in the denial of tickets.