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Samajwadi Party feud: Mulayam Singh and Shivpal leave for Delhi to meet poll panel



As attempts to call a truce between warring factions of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh failed, on Sunday, party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, and Shivpal Yadav left for Delhi to meet the poll panel. They prepare to put up their case before the panel on Monday, the deadline set for taking views of both the factions before the Election Commission (EC) takes a call on the claim to the party symbol.

There is also a likelihood of a freeze on the poll symbol by the Election Commission.
Mulayam Singh followers followed him to Delhi in a show of support, reported CNN-News18.

On Saturday, the faction led by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav met Election Commissioner Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi and according to sources who reported to IANS, the leaders of the Akhilesh camp — led by his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav and including Surendra Nagar and Sunil Sajan — submitted an affidavit regarding the SP leaders supporting the faction.

Mulayam Singh Yadav (L) and Akhilesh Yadav. PTIMulayam Singh Yadav (L) and Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

However, the number of signatories to the affidavit submitted to the poll panel was not known.

Sources told IANS that both factions — led by Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav — will now contest the state assembly polls on different party symbols, irrespective of who gets the official party symbol — cycle.

The assembly elections in the most populous and politically significant state in India will be held in seven phases between 11 February and 8 March.

On Saturday, senior SP leaders including Shivpal Singh Yadav, Azam Khan, Om Prakash Singh and Narad Rai met Mulayam Singh and held discussions on the possible way out of the infighting.

The sources privy to the confabulations told IANS that while both Shivpal and Mulayam Singh’s aide Amar Singh told the party chief that they were “ready to be the sacrificial lambs” if it brought the warring father-son together, the truce offer was turned down by Mulayam himself.

Mulayam Singh apparently stressed on his stand that Akhilesh Yadav first step down as the SP National President, after which his demand for a larger say in ticket distribution will be considered.

The Akhilesh camp declined the offer. The Chief Minister wanted a “three-month free hand to win the polls” and then back off in favour of his father.

Meanwhile, Mulayam has once again writaten to the Election Commission to claim the ‘cycle’ poll symbol and sent some documents along with relevant parts of the party constitution to buttress his case.

In a related development, Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, who is mentoring the Akhilesh Yadav camp, has sent sworn affidavits of some 5,761 Samajwadi Party leaders, including MLAs and MPs, to the Election Commission.

A copy of the same was sent to Mulayam Singh’s residence in Delhi but the staff there refused to accept it, the sources said.

With inputs from IANS

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Speaker accepts YSR Congress MPs’ resignations

The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 — the last day of budget session — to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.



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New Delhi/Vijayawda, June 21 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday accepted resignations of five Lok Sabha MPs of the YSR Congress party.

The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 — the last day of budget session — to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

According to a bulletin from Lok Sabha, the speaker has accepted the resignations of the MPs with effect from June 20.

The speaker’s move came two weeks after YSR Congress Parliamentary Party leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and others met her to convey that they stand by their resignations and urged her to accept the same immediately.

The other MPs are Y.V. Subba Reddy, Vara Prasadarao Velagapalli, Midhun Reddy and Y.S. Avinash Reddy.

As the Speaker on May 29 had requested the MPs to reconsider their resignations, they met her in the national capital on June 6 to submit fresh letters, urging her to accept their resignations.

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BJP Minister threatens police superintendent, Says you were appointed due to ‘Casteism’



Pratapgarh, June 21: Rajasthan’s tribal affairs minister Nandlal Meena reportedly threatened the Superintendent of Police (SP) and asked him to work for the people of their caste.

In a gathering, Meena said “you have been posted here because of casteism, you have to support the people of your caste, or else we have other alternatives”, ABP news reported.

The Minister also allegedly made an alleged rape victim sit on the stage making her identity known. He has been witnessing widespread criticism for both the acts.

The whole incident is of Salamgarh district where a woman of the same tribe had alleged 5 upper caste men of raping her. The allegation was found baseless in police probe as rape was not confirmed in the medical test and the statements of the woman were also not convincing.

However, under political pressure, the police had to make arrest of two people and applied section 354, instead of 376, which had angered Meena and he threatened the SP, who was of the same caste as that of the victim and the minister.


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Kamal Haasan meets Sonia Gandhi



New Delhi, June 21: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who has formed a new political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, on Thursday met United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the national capital 

Informed sources described the meeting that took place at the residence of Sonia Gandhi as a “courtesy call”.

Kamal Haasan had on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed the situation in Tamil Nadu.

He had also met Election Commission officials and expressed confidence that the process of registration of his political party will be done in around a week’s time.


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