In rumblings that are likely to affect the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, a senior leader has accused the party top leadership of going soft on BJP by maintaining silence on significant issues related to the Narendra Modi government.
Party’s trader wing president Gopal Agarwal also claimed to have written letters to SP supremo Mulayam and state party president and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over the issue but did not get any reply. He even questioned SP national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav’s statement in support of Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the controversy involving former IPL chief Lalit Modi.
“I understand that my letters do not go beyond the babus in their offices. The days of replying to letters is over. I had even conveyed my feelings to them during occasional meetings but there has been no response. Why Ramgopal supported Sushma Swaraj is beyond my comprehension,” Gopal Agarwal told The Indian Express.
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The issues raised by Agarwal include silence of SP over alleged appointments of pro-RSS people in various educational institutions including IIMs by HRD minister Smriti Irani. “We are allowing every opportunity to slip from our hand. We remain silent on important developments like saffronisation of education. We never react on any national issue. How is the socialist movement progressing,” Agrawal asked.
He also mentioned in his letters that SP should have played pro-active role in opposing appointment of Gajendra Chouhan as chairman of FTII. “These all are national issues and SP can corner stalwarts of Modi government by raising its voice. But the silence of our leadership is worrisome. Not a single word has been spoken against them,” Agarwal said.
He also claimed that SP is giving soft fodder to BJP, which is exploiting the situation to its benefit. “You are bowling to a batsman in his strength area. Communalism is BJP’s topic and we are giving them a chance so they will score runs. Things would have been different if SP leadership had come out in open against Modi government’s anti-people decisions instead of cosmetic measures,” he claimed.
Agarwal, wo hails from Meerut, is heading state unit of Samajwadi Vyapar Sabha since 2011. Starting his career in 1967 as Agra secretary of Yuvjan Sabha, Agarwal is regarded as senior leader in the party. He had also served as state secretary of SP for four years. Agarwal was not even invited by SP’s trader wing’s national body, which is headed by Hulas Rai Singhal and organised a meet of traders in Lucknow. “Many people do not invite me for obvious reasons as I cannot indulge in sycophancy,” he said.
Meanwhile, SP’s state spokesperson and cabinet minister Rajendra Choudhary said, “I am not aware about his statements and letter to party. (but such allegations) are not correct as SP is the only party, which is protesting against policies of Modi government in Parliament and on road. We are against communal and fascist forces”.