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SP-LJP tie-up leaves Ajeya on shaky ground

The new alliance between Mulayam Singh Yadav,Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan may have boosted the morale of the stakeholders but it has spelt trouble for Ajeya Singh,son of former Prime Minister V P Singh.

Published: March 28, 2009 5:13:49 am

The new alliance between Mulayam Singh Yadav,Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan may have boosted the morale of the stakeholders but it has spelt trouble for Ajeya Singh,son of former Prime Minister V P Singh.

Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) had fielded Singh as its candidate from the Fatehpur constituency. But after announcing the alliance on Thursday,Paswan had said he will not field any candidate against the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh. “Yes,we are withdrawing the name of Ajeya Singh as a party candidate from Fatehpur,” confirmed Paswan on Friday.

Ignorant of this development till afternoon,Singh insisted that he was still the LJP candidate. “I stand as an LJP candidate from Fatehpur and there is no issue about it,” he said. His statement changed by the evening — “I am contesting election from Fatehpur. Period. Right now,I am concentrating on the fight.”

The withdrawal by the LJP has given rise to speculations of a new liaison between old Congressman V P Singh’s son and the Congress. Asked about it,Singh said: “I am not averse to the Congress. If I get an offer from the party,I will certainly consider it.”

A senior Congress leader said: “The party’s relations had soured with V P Singh. But,later,both were coming closer. Today,if his son shows willingness to contest on a Congress ticket,the party will gladly accept him.” V P Singh died in November last year.

Incidentally,the Congress has so far not declared its candidate for Fatehpur. The party is reportedly considering the mane of Vibhakar Shastri,son of Hari Krishna Shastri and grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Vibhakar had,in the past,unsuccessfully contested Assembly and Lok Sabha elections from Fatehpur.

Ajeya,who studied at the Mayo College,is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He has been the country head of three international investment banks — Lehman Brothers,Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse. For the last two years,he has been working in Jan Morcha,the political outfit formed by his father. This is the first time that Singh is trying his luck in active politics from his father’s seat. Fatehpur will go to the poll in the third phase.

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