Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday ordered to expel Shikarpur (Bulandshahr) MLA Mukesh Sharma from the party’s primary membership for his alleged misconduct during the bypolls in Noida.
Mulayam gave the order while reviewing SP’s performance in the recently held bypolls to 11 seats in the state of which his party won eight.
In the meeting, Mulayam sought to know reasons behind party’s defeat in the other three Assembly seats of Lucknow East, Saharanpur and Noida from the ministers who were given charge of the campaign there.
As per the leaders who were part of the meeting, Mulayam, who had received several complaints against Mukesh, directed state secretary S R S Yadav to expel him from the party. Mukesh is brother of Debai (Bulandshahr) MLA Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit. Bhagwan’s wife Kajal was SP candidate from Noida.
However, Bhagwan reportedly sought forgiveness from Mulayam. No formal order has been issued so far for Mukesh’s expulsion.
Mulayam also did not spare senior ministers like Ambika Choudhary and Ahmed Hasan who were given the responsibility of Lucknow East Assembly seat. “Agar sangthan theek hai, phir to aap fail ho gaye. Ab Aapsey kya kaha jaye (If the organisation worked, then you were a failure. Now what should I tell you?),” Mulayam reportedly said.
Minister Arvind Singh Gope, however, candidly admitted his failure. “We failed to live up to your expectation. We are sorry,” Gope said.
A junior minister of Akhilesh Yadav’s government was also scolded.
For Saharanpur seat, Mulayam asked minister Balram Yadav to stop indulging in blame game and said he has the full report.
The leaders from these three constituencies were called separately by Mulayam. This is the first time when SP leaders have been grilled after losing the polls. Mulayam, during electioneering, had deputed 23 ministers of Akhilesh Yadav’s government for managing the polls.
He had also issued a warning that action will be taken against them if SP failed to win the polls.
Of the 11 assembly seats, where bypolls were held on September 13, SP had won eight. These are: Charkhari, Bijnore, Thakurdwara, Hamirpur, Rohania, Balha, Nighasan and Sirathu seats.