1. Narendra Modi gets surprise compliment from Mulayam Singh Yadav; says SP to fight UP polls alone

Narendra Modi gets surprise compliment from Mulayam Singh Yadav; says SP to fight UP polls alone

Snubbing his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was appeared not averse to an alliance with Congress for UP Assembly polls, Yadav categorically ruled out any possible alliance between SP and other parties.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 28, 2016 5:46 PM
Snubbing his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was appeared not averse to an alliance with Congress for UP Assembly polls, Yadav categorically ruled out any possible alliance between SP and other parties. (PTI image) Snubbing his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was appeared not averse to an alliance with Congress for UP Assembly polls, Yadav categorically ruled out any possible alliance between SP and other parties. (PTI image)

In a surprise compliment paid by Mulayam Singh Yadav to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Samajwadi Party Patriarch on Wednesday said the PM has overcome a lot before becoming what he is today. “PM Modi is man of humble background,” Yadav said. Snubbing his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was appeared not averse to an alliance with Congress for UP Assembly polls, Yadav categorically ruled out any possible alliance between SP and other parties. With Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are around the corner, Yadav said, “The party which wins UP elections, goes on to win Delhi (Lok Sabha).” In a clear snub to Akhilesh Yadav,  Mulayam Singh Yadav announced candidates for 325 of the 403 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats, “ignoring” his son’s objections to certain names.

Addressing the party workers, Yadav said, “elections will be held before February 28 in 2017.” “We have declared list of 325 candidates for upcoming 2017 assembly polls, 78 seats still remain,” Yadav said adding that name of candidates for rest of the 78 seats will be announced soon. Yadav also criticised BJP for not fulfilling its promise and it will be taught lesson over demonetisation.

Notably, Akhilesh had earlier said a combine of SP and Congress can win over 300 seats in the 403-member House, but firmly ruled out any tie-up with BSP.

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The Samajwadi Party boss announced the first list in the absence of his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is at loggerheads with his uncle and bête noire Shivpal Yadav over distribution of tickets.

Surprisingly, the list carries names of Sigbatullah Ansari, who is the brother of jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari, and Atiq Ahmed who faces over 40 criminal cases including of murder and attempt to murder. Akhilesh, who is believed to be opposed to their nomination, had reportedly asked his father to intervene. Another name which had upset Akhilesh was Aman Mani Tripathi, now arrested by CBI in a case related to the killing of his wife, has, however, did not figure in today’s list.

Today’s list has no mention on names of several pro-Akhilesh ministers and MLAs including those of Ram Govind Chaudhary, Pawan Pandey and Arvind Sing Gope (all ministers).

Mulayam announced the name of his brother Shivpal from Jaswant Nagar Assembly seat. Akhilesh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mulayam, however, said that his son being the Chief Minister can contest from any assembly seat he wishes to. The Chief Minister had earlier last week sent the list of candidates for 403 assembly seats to the party chief. However, this had irked Shivpal forcing him to state that no indiscipline will be tolerated in the party and the tickets will be confirmed with Mulayam’s consent.

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As per the list announced by Mulayam, Azam Khan will contest from Rampur, Gayatri Prasad Prajapati from Amethi, Ram Shankar Katheria from Kaimganj, Pinki Yadav from Asmoli, Harish Lodhi from Dibai, Tejvir Singh from Chhara, Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh from Bah, Mohd Rehan from Lucknow West, Ravidas Mehrotra from Lucknow central, Mahendra Singh Patel from Rohanya and Durga Prasad Yadav from Azamgarh.

Earlier, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had appointed controversial Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati as the party’s national secretary.

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Prajapati, who was initially in the fulcrum of controversy between Shivpal and Akhilesh, is the Cabinet minister holding the Transport portfolio department in the UP government. Akhilesh had reportedly sacked the leader after complaints in September. Prajapati is considered close to Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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A few days back, BSP supremo Mayawati claimed that BJP was exerting pressure on SP chief and his family through Enforcement Directorate, I-T department and CBI through disproportionate assets cases, and “other weaknesses” to join hands with Congress to divide Muslim votes and stop BSP from coming to power. “Keeping in mind the chances of BSP coming to power in UP, it is being said BJP is showing threat of central government agencies like ED, I-T and CBI to SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family in connection with DA cases and other shortcomings to divide Muslim vote,” she said.

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