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Mulayam Singh Yadav’s four point solution to restore SP peace

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September 16, 2016: Embarking on his political shrewdness Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav have come up with a definitive “four point solution” to restore truce in the family-owned party and end the ongoing rift between son Akhilesh and brother Shivpal Yadav.

In a desperate move to ease the tension in the Yadav clan, the party supremo has clearly suggested four-way path to follow. First of, Shivpal would get back his key portfolios. He will also be reinstated as the Samajwadi party president. Gayatri Prajapati who was sacked as the Mining Minister, will rejoin the UP cabinet. The decision on Deepak Singhal would be pronounced later on.

After meeting with son and brother in the morning Mulayam Singh Yadav spoke to the press defiantly. He assured a solution in his presence and said discords in a big family are common. “There is no fight between Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh,” he had said. He was confident that everyone in the party, including brother Shivpal and son Akhilesh would never defy his words.

The rift had challenged the roots of Smajwadi Party as supporters of CM Akhikesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav were at loggerheads and had even shouted slogans against each other before the meeting. The discord was on since Akhilesh stripped off Shivpal’s key ministerial portfolios on Tuesday.

CM Akhilesh Yadav had ousted Shivpal Yadav as Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, after showing door to Gayatri Prajapati. Sensing the tension Mulayam Singh Yadav replaced Akhilesh Yadav as the state party chief with Shivpal Yadav. Hours later, a furious Chief Minister took away key portfolios held by Shivpal Yadav, igniting an unprecedented crisis in the Samajwadi Party.

A worried Mulayam Singh since then was engaged in thrashing out an amicable solution to the biggest crisis of his personal life and political career.

Hundreds of Shivpal Yadav supporters massed outside his residence raised anti-Akhilesh slogans demanding that all the departments be restored to their leader.

They accused Akhilesh of humiliating Shivpal Yadav, and insisted that the Chief Minister should apologize to his uncle by touching his feet and seeking forgiveness.

Many wept openly after coming to know that Shivpal Yadav had resigned from the cabinet.

More than two dozen Samajwadi Party legislators met Shivpal Yadav on Friday. Uttar Pradesh assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey also drove up to Shivpal Yadav’s house.

Mulayam Singh, however, rejected the resignation of Shivpal Yadav as the state party chief.

In between Party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav on Thursday termed Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh as the villain in the entire sordid episode.

On his part, Akhilesh Yadav has rejected Shivpal Yadav’s resignation from the cabinet as PWD Minister.

There was a brief meeting between the two on Thursday night at which both apparently remained daggers drawn. An hour later, Shivpal Yadav, his wife Sarla and son Aditya Yadav faxed their resignations to Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Aditya is an elected chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Federation while Sarla Yadav is chairperson of the Etawah Cooperative Federation.

Being the head of Yadav Clan, party supremo’s four point solution is definitely a big personal and political victory ahead the crucial Uttar Pradesh polls in 2017.

Wefornews Bureau/IANS

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Looking into Congress complaint against PM: EC

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New Delhi : The Election Commission on Thursday said it is looking into the Congress’ complaint of violation of the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, and also clarified that it has not filed an FIR against Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress has accused the Prime Minister of breaking the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by taking out a ‘road show’ after casting his vote on Thursday.

“We have received this complaint in the afternoon, this is being examined and we will let you know,” Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said in response to a question.

After coming out of the polling booth at Ranip, in Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister stood on the steps of the vehicle in which he was travelling and waved to the crowd on the road and showed his inked finger. He continued to do so for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sinha also clarified that the poll panel did not register any FIR against Rahul Gandhi for his TV interviews, and has only sent him a notice, seeking his response in five days.

“I would like to inform that yesterday morning a complaint had come about the interview being shown repeatedly on some channels. Due diligence was done. First of all no FIR has been filed against Rahul Gandhi,” Sinha said.

He said other complaints made by the Congress are also being examined.

He said the poll panel gave representatives of the Congress party time for a meeting, and heard the allegations that they had to make.

“Till about midnight, the Commission deliberated and even in the thick of elections, we immediately sought a report from the Chief Electoral Officer,” he said.

Sinha said the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat sent a report by around mid-day on Thursday on “all points and allegations made by the delegation of Congress”.

“Based on that the matter is under examination. Commission will soon brief on that,” he said.

“Commission has to put in due diligence before taking a decision. The report had been received at mid-day, the entire Election Commission has been busy. The Commission is still doing deliberation on the report received from the Chief Electoral Officer. We will let you know as the Commission takes a decision on it,” he said.

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Exit polls done under BJP pressure, totally wrong: Congresss

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New Delhi : Rubbishing the exit polls which predicted a clean sweep for the BJP in both the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the Congress on Thursday said they were done under pressure from the BJP and were “absolutely wrong”.

“Exit poll came in Bihar, Goa, Punjab and Delhi as well. This is the same kind of exit poll, which has been shown under pressure from the BJP,” Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki told IANS.

“As the elections were conducted under pressure from the BJP government in Gujarat, likewise the exit poll was also done under pressure,” he added.

Solanki said the Bharatiya Janata Party will be washed out in Gujarat. “The exit polls are absolutely wrong. We will win 120-125 seats.”

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Congress workers protest outside EC office, detained

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New Delhi, Dec 14 : Several Congress workers were detained on Thursday as they staged a protest march against the Election Commission for issuing a notice against party’s President-elect Rahul Gandhi for his TV interviews but alleged that it had failed to apply the same standards for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for holding a roadshow after casting his vote.

The party also submitted a fresh memorandum to the EC on Thursday demanding action against Modi for the roadshow in Ahmedabad. In its memorandum, the party called upon the EC to follow the dharma of the Constitution, implement the law and register an FIR against the Prime Minister.

Police detained Congress workers who were marching to the Election Commission in protest against Modi’s roadshow in Gujarat after casting his vote on Thursday.

Party workers were stopped by police outside Sardar Patel Bhawan near Patel Chowk.

“ECI is a constitutional institution. It is not dependant on anyone. Democracy and election process are being being murdered. This is surprising since we gave them prima facie evidence – a video of Modiji’s roadshow. Why was there no notice against him,” said Congress leader and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev.

“Notice has been issued against us, We are not sad about it. But why notice has not been issued against them (BJP),” asked Dev.

“When Modiji is appealing to the people on December 8 to vote for BJP on December 9, is that not violation of model code of conduct. Why notice is not being issued to them?” Dev added.

Dev said: “BJP is in power, they can go anywhere. We are in opposition, so the police has stopped us. This is what is happening in the country. They are misusing power in front of the ECI.”

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