Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday met party MLAs from Amethi Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh and Suresh Pasi in Lucknow after Singh alleged “interference” from Pasi, a state minister, in his duty towards his constituency, a charge that Pasi has denied. Singh is an MLA from Tiloi while the minister for housing, vocational education and skill development is from Jagdishpur. BJP leaders say that the situation is a clash of egos.
The meetings come after Singh threatened to resign from the Assembly the previous day.
“I told my problems to the CM today. I told him that I am not able to get the grievances of the public redressed following interference of state minister Suresh Pasi and that if I am not able to help the people, it is meaningless to continue as an MLA and draw salary from the government.” He said that the Amethi administration was functioning like it was during the BSP rule.
Singh said the CM gave his assurance to sort out the issues between them.
“But if my problems are not resolved in the next few days, I will hold a rally in my constituency to seek public opinion about my next move,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, the CM next met Pasi who, when contacted, told The Indian Express: “I told CM that only problem he (Singh) has that I am am a minister.”
“I never stopped the officials from doing his (Singh’s) works. His only problem is that a Dalit (Suresh Pasi) become a minister and he could not. Also, I am MLA from Jagdishpur but my residence is in Tiloi, which is his constituency. My father is Zila Panchyayat member and my sister-in-law is the Pradhan. People come to meet us there with their problems,” he said.
A senior BJP leader in Amethi said, “There is an ego-clash between both the leaders and that was the only reason of conflict. The matter has reached the party top leadership in Delhi and party national joint general secretary (organisation) Shriprakash too has intervened to settle the issue.”
Singh has been in BJP for nearly 15 years and was elected to the Assembly in 1993 and 2002 on the BJP ticket. He had won 2007 election as SP nominee but lost the 2012 poll.