Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha candidate Amar Singh today avoided getting dragged into a spat with party leader Azam Khan who had voiced displeasure over his nomination, saying he “could not hear” and was getting his “ear treated”.
Mohammad Mustaquim Alvi, the SP candidate from Bulandshahr, said Amir was in the constituency till 5 pm Monday.
According to the Election Commission (EC), 1,493 voters in Bilari and 1,246 in Jangipur opted for NOTA (none of the above) option during the bypolls.
Asked about SP chief’s response, Bukhari said Mulayam “has assured to look into the matter” because the party has already released the list. Bukhari claimed that he did not recommend any specific name for Rajya Sabha candidature.
SP candidate Kismati Devi won against her nearest rival BJP candidate Ramesh Singh in Jangipur (Ghazipur), while in Bilari (Moradabad/Shamli), SP candidate Mohammad Fahim defeated his nearest rival BJP’s Suresh Saini.
A commerce graduate from Lucknow University, Sanjay Seth claims he has been picked to “represent the business community in Rajya Sabha”.
Amar is credited with developing the SP’s contacts in the corporate world as well as Bollywood. Sources said that Amar, being in the Rajya Sabha, can help Mulayam more than other SP members in the Upper House.
The Samajwadi Party had yesterday announced the names of seven party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for next month, which included the name of Amar Singh.
Amar Singh was long considered a shadow of Mulayam until the emergence of son Akhilesh, brother Shivpal, Azam Khan and Ram Gopal Yadav and the family feud within.
Khan also criticised the “attempts to abolish” the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia University.
After the joining, Beni said that he will work to ensure that Akhilesh Yadav repeats as chief minister of UP after Assembly polls next year.
Raising the issue in both Houses of Parliament, SP members blamed the Centre for Ravi Kanojia’s death.
The MLA from Biswan (Sitapur) told reporters in Lucknow that if anything were to happen to him or his family members, the CM should be held responsible for that.
The SP members said the Centre had not acted on the state government’s request for additional funds for water tankers, de-silting ponds and hand pumps, and building a dam.
Leaders say neither Mulayam nor Akhilesh has responded to their request to campaign for candidates contesting the polls.