Two days after its MLCs Kunwar Jayesh Prasad and Sanjeev Dwivedi’s mediation facilitated a meeting between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the protesting family members of journalist Jagendra Singh, the BSP has termed its leaders’ act as one “amounting to indiscipline” and is considering taking action against them.
The BSP leaders, however, said they acted on behalf of the family which has lost its sole breadwinner and praised Akhilesh for his “swift” action in providing assistance and meeting all the family’s demands.
“He (Akhilesh) spoke to Singh’s family for over an hour and accepted their demands. The cheque of Rs 30 lakh has been handed over to them. The swift action by the CM must be appreciated,” said Prasad, an MLC from hahjahanpur-Pilibhit constituency who claims to be an acquaintance of Singh’s family.
Dwivedi, an MLC from Deoria, too, said he is known to the journalist’s family and had gone to the CM’s residence on Monday on the family members’ insistence.
“After meeting the chief minister, Singh’s family asked me and Prasad to come with them to Shahjahanpur. We went there and they called off their dharna (and their demand for a CBI probe in the killing in which one Akhilesh’s minister stands accused). The CM showed generosity and acted on all their demands,” he said.
But the BSP is not in agreement with its leaders, who, it said, “acted without any authorisation from the party leadership”.
BSP general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya said: “Their act is condemnable and amounts to indiscipline. Chief Mayawati has taken cognizance of it and will take a decision soon.”
Maurya also claimed that both Prasad and Dwivedi are “habitual of being close to those in power”.
“Their tenure as MLC is going to end (on January 15, 2016) and they want to return in the House with protection from the government,” he alleged.
Prasad, on the other hand, raked up the oft-repeated allegations against the BSP and its chief of demanding money for the ticket to contest elections.
“They say it is a tradition,” he said, alleging that he was asked to give Rs 1.10 crore by the BSP in November last year to contest the 2017 Assembly elections from Shahjahanpur seat.
“But I said I will not give any money. My family has been in politics for 40 years and we have people’s support. After that there has been no discussion (on the demand for money),” the BSP leader told The Indian Express over phone.