A Samajwadi Party (SP) youth leader has written a letter to party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav expressing concern over “a ring of leaders around him who hinder conversation between party workers and Akhilesh”.
The youth leader, Shravan Tyagi, who claimed to be with the party since 2003, said he had written the letter after the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
Tyagi, who lives in Gautam Budha Nagar, claimed to have faxed the letter to Akhilesh’s office.
“There are a few leaders who are close to Akhileshji and they are the reason for the party’s poor performance. If local party workers come to Lucknow to meet Akhilesh, these leaders would not let them meet him. These leaders are sycophants and have no grassroots connect. The party needs to appoint more leaders who understand ground realities in the top posts,” said Tyagi, who claimed to be the party’s youth organisation Samajwadi Party Lohia Vahini’s national secretary.
Tyagi wrote that the national president needed to restructure the party and take leaf out of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s past leadership, the youth leader told the Indian Express. “When Mulayamji used to run the party, it was the ground workers who were considered supreme and not the MLAs and MLCs.
Now, people on the ground have to wait for hours to meet sthe national president. This needs to change. It is the workers who face the humiliation after the party’s defeat,” he said over the phone.
“Some of these sycophants consider themselves bigger than the national president. These leaders should not be given so much importance because they are the reason for the the party’s loss,” Tyagi said, urging Akhilesh to oust such leaders lest the “party should become a history”.
Meanwhile, Lohia Vahini’s national president Rakesh Pal claimed that Tyagi was suspended three months ago. “He was the national secretary of the outfit, but after he stopped attending meetings, we suspended him. He was served a notice and after he did not reply to it, we suspended him,” Pal said.
Asked about the letter, he said, “I have heard of the letter through the media. We will look into the matter and if required, necessary action will be taken,” Pal said.
Tyagi claimed that he was not suspended from the party and in March, he was appointed as booth in charge of Muradnagar in Ghaziabad. “I have a copy of the appointment letter dated March 23. If I was suspended, why the party appointed me as booth in-charge. This is being done to silence me because I have raised my voice… These people are scared of losing their posts,” Tyagi said. The Indian Express has a purported copy of the appointment letter.
Party national spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary claimed that he had never heard the name of Shravan Tyagi.