A fresh tussle started in the first family of Uttara Pradesh ruling party Samajwadi Party on the issue of ticket distribution. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi parivar still seems to be embroiled in infighting as both Chief Minister AKhilesh Yadav and state party president Shivpal Yadav seems to be on war-lines.
Akhilesh Yadav has reportedly expressed disagreement with allocation of tickets to many candidates who allegedly had criminal background. The Party has already announced tickets to 175 candidates. Yesterday, Akhilesh defied Shivpal Yadav and prepared a list of 403 candidates which he handed over the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
A miffed Shivpal Yadav cried foul and said that the names of 175 candidates were already finalised. He also immediately tweeted that the MLAs would be chosen on the basis of merit. The latest power-play has again confused the party workers. Sources say that apart from dropping several tainted candidates, Akhilesh Yadav has dropped the names of three ministers from the list, he earlier sacked. They include Shadab Fatima, Om Prakash Singh and Narad Rai as well as serving minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. All these ministers were close confidantes of Shivpal Yadav.
In his list, Akhilesh also refused to recognise the merger between Samajwadi Party and the Quami Ekta Dal as he did not mention the names of Ansari brothers as probable candidates. However, any clear stand in the fresh spar is yet to come from party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.