Badaun Poonam retains district panchayat chairperson post.
Western UPs don-turned-politician D P Yadav has foiled the attempts by ruling Samajwadi Party to get his relative Poonam Yadav,who is chairperson of district panchayat in Badaun,removed. This when SP president Mulayam Singh Yadavs nephew Dharmendra Yadav is the local MP.
The administration had to postpone a meeting of the district panchayat on February 26,which was to take up a no-confidence motion against Poonam Yadav,after SSP Dharamveer Yadav reported that 12 members had been kidnapped and due to engagement of local police in Kumbh,it was not possible to provide security for the meeting.
SP leaders blame D P Yadav for the disappearance of the members. However,Yadav denied he had anything to do with this. They have the power,but I have the people with me,he said.
In the 2007 Assembly elections,D P Yadav had won from Sahaswan while his wife Umlesh Yadav had won from Bisauli,both in Baduan district. Later,both of them supported the BSP government,led by Mayawati.
In 2010,D P Yadav was successful in getting his relative Poonam Yadav elected as chairperson of the district panchayat,defeating Chetna Singh of the SP. The post comes with a red beacon car and huge development funds. The chairman is the top person in a district in the panchayti raj system.
During the campaign of the 2012 Assembly elections,Akhilesh Yadav put his foot down on attempts to bring D P Yadav in Samajwadi Party. After SP won the election,Chetna Singh started lobbying for Poonam Yadavs ouster. As many as 31 members gave notice of a no-confidence motion on February 4. The district panchayat has 41 members,one of whom is in jail.
The meeting for voting on the no-confidence motion was scheduled for February 26. Sources in the SP said that D P Yadav then took charge of the situation and,as the day of the meeting approached,members started disappearing from Badaun.
Elaborate security arrangements were made,with heavy police deployment,for the meeting. Additional District Judge A K Aggrawal,who was nominated by the district judge of Badaun to hold the meeting,arrived on February 26 at the venue,but not a single member turned up.
The SSP gave his report,stating that 12 members had been kidnapped and cases in this regard had been registered in different police stations,but most of the police was on duty at Kumbh. ADJ A K Aggrawal then postponed the meeting to March 22.
They are misusing power. Today,22 members signed before the oath commissioner that they had been coerced by the SP to sign the no-confidence motion. No member is missing. SP has only 10 members with them and two of them have approached me. They do not have a majority. They can book me on fabricated charges but I have the majority, D P Yadav claimed.
SPs district president and MLC Banwari Singh Yadav,however,claimed that SP will emerge victorious.
Let the time come,you just watch what happens. I dont want to go into the details about who kidnapped the members. But in the end,the result will be in our favour. I will neither reveal my strategy and nor comment on D P Yadav, he said.
Banwari Singh is close to Mulayam Singh Yadav. His son Ashish Yadav is MLA from Shekhupur in Badaun and a director in the Pradeshik Co-operatve Federation while grandson Himanshu Yadav is a director in PACFED.