Mu­layam, Akhilesh Take Stock as SP Tum­bles to His­toric Low of 5 LS Seats

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Can­di­dates say sab­o­tage by se­nior min­is­ters, lack of co­op­er­a­tion by the state govt and Modi wave led to de­feat Reel­ing from the drub­bing re­ceived in the Lok Sabha polls, Sa­ma­jwadi Party can­di­dates blamed sab­o­tage at the hands of se­nior lead­ers, non co­op­er­a­tion of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, po­lit­i­cally dam­ag­ing de­ci­sions dur­ing poll process for their de­feat.

With the SP touch­ing its his­toric low of 5 Lok Sabha seats in this elec­tion, down from the 22 it had won in 2009, party chief Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav called a meet­ing of all can­di­dates on Mon­day. While many can­di­dates blamed the Modi wave and hype around his cam­paign for the loss, some of them did not shy away from blam­ing lead­ers within the party of work­ing against them.

In­ter­nal dif­fer­ences came to fore when lead­ers like Shafiqur Rehman Barq and Neeraj Shekhar al­leged SP min­is­ters in their districts sabo- taged their cam­paign. While Mu­layam and Akhilesh Ya­dav did not re­veal their minds, ac­tion is ex­pected against those who worked against party can­di­dates. There would be mas­sive over­haul­ing of the party or­gan­i­sa­tion and new faces are to be in­ducted as part of the re­vival ex­er­cise. Barq who was a sit­ting BSP MP from Samb­hal, part of the Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav strong­hold, had shifted to the SP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He was an SP can­di­date in the 2014 Lok Sabah polls and de­spite the Modi wave where most BJP MPs got elected by huge mar­gins, Barq lost by the nar­row­est mar­gin of 5,100 to BJP’s Saty­pal Saini. Barq told Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav that min­is­ter Iqbal Mah­mood did

Many blamed the eu­pho­ria around Modi as the rea­son for the crush­ing de­feat of SP can­di­dates

not sup­port him dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. Barq al­leged that Mah­mood and his fam­ily mem­bers openly op­posed him, which re­sulted in his loss. Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav gave a pa­tient hear­ing to all can­di­dates with many blam­ing the eu­pho­ria around Modi as the rea­son for their de­feat. Many even blamed the bu­reau­cracy for not be­ing co­op­er­a­tive in get­ting people’s work done ahead of the Lok Sabha poll no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav said that he was aware of the prob­lems that can­di­dates faced from party min­is­ters and of­fi­cers. He said that can­di­dates should go back and con­tinue meet­ing people. He also sought a re­port from each con­stituency to be pre­pared by can­di­dates and sent to the party head of­fice. Some min­is­ters and chair­men of state cor­po­ra­tions and boards are said to be un­der the scan­ner and may lose their jobs in the days to come.

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