SP in cri­sis as Akhilesh, Mulayam cross swords CR ser­vices run late all day af­ter train de­rails

Snubbed by fa­ther, Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter re­leases his own list of 235 can­di­dates and tells loy­al­ists to start cam­paign­ing in their ar­eas

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Miffed Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Yadav came out late on Thurs­day with his own list of 235 Sa­ma­jwadi Party can­di­dates for next year’s as­sem­bly polls, trig­ger­ing spec­u­la­tion of a split in the party be­sieged by a bit­ter fam­ily feud.

The move is viewed as a tit-for­tat re­sponse from the 43-year-old son to party pa­tri­arch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who de­clared can­di­dates for 325 of the 403 as­sem­bly seats the day be­fore and ruled out pro­ject­ing Akhilesh as the can­di­date for the chief min­is­ter’s post.

The state’s youngest CM has been en­gaged in an in­tense power strug­gle with the rul­ing fam­ily’s el­ders, es­pe­cially un­cle Shiv­pal Yadav, who en­joys the back­ing of his brother Mulayam. Akhilesh’s par­al­lel list con­tains all the leg­is­la­tors loyal to him, such as Ram Gobind Chaud­hary who was not among Mulayam’s nom­i­nees. It also con­tains names from Mulayam’s list, in­clud­ing two min­is­ters he had sacked — Raja Ma­hen­dra Ari­daman Singh and Manoj Paras.

Akhilesh drew up his own list of 403 can­di­dates on Sun­day and sent it to Mulayam, by­pass­ing Shiv­pal.

But the party chief ap­peared to have sided with his brother, deny­ing tick­ets to at least three top pro-Akhilesh min­is­ters Arvind Singh Gope, Ram Govind Chaud­hary and Tej Narayan Pandey or Pawan Pandey. Also, he ig­nored Akhilesh’s ob­jec­tions to names such as Sig­bat­ul­lah An­sari, the brother of jailed gang­ster Mukhtar An­sari, and Atiq Ahmed who faces over 40 crim­i­nal cases. The Akhilesh list left out Ahmed and mur­der ac­cused Aman Mani Tri­pathi.

The CM didn’t for­mally re­lease his list as he is not the party’s na­tional present or the state chief to de­clare can­di­dates for elec­tions. Shiv­pal is the state unit pres­i­dent.

Sub­ur­ban ser­vices on the Cen­tral Rail­way (CR) were thrown out of gear on Thurs­day af­ter five coaches of an Am­ber­nath-bound train de­railed be­tween Kalyan and Vithal­wadi at 5.33am be­cause of a rail frac­ture. The in­ci­dent left lakhs of com­muters stranded at var­i­ous sub­ur­ban sta­tions on CR main­line.

Around 163 trains were can­celled and more than 100 trains were run­ning 20-30 min­utes late through­out the day and well into the evening.

Thurs­day’s de­rail­ment was the third in­ci­dent of dis­rup­tion on CR be­yond Kalyan. On Novem­ber 12, ser­vices be­tween Tit­wala and Am­bivli were dis­rupted for an hour ow­ing to rail frac­ture. On Novem­ber, 5, the rail­way track be­tween Kalyan and Thakurli de­vel­oped a crack, af­fect­ing sub­ur­ban ser­vices for more than an hour dur­ing morn­ing peak hours.

Around 40lakh pas­sen­gers travel on CR trains daily, of which 30 lakh travel on the main­line and Rail­way au­thor­i­ties un­der­take re­pairs af­ter five coaches of an Am­ber­nath-bound train de­railed on Thurs­day.

10 lakh travel on the har­bour line.

“Ev­ery Sun­day, rail­ways un­der­take a main­te­nance block, but still we have prob­lems, this is be­cause the se­nior rail­way au­thor­i­ties fail to mon­i­tor the work. They rely on re­ports made by ju­nior staff,” said Ra­jesh Ghang­hav Pres­i­dent Kalyan-Kar­jat-Kasara Pas­sen­gers As­so­ci­a­tion “Trains were run­ning almost de­layed by 15-20 min­utes. I reached of­fice half-an-hour late,”

said Shruti Desai, a CR com­muter.

While the line to­wards CST was re­stored at 9.15am, it took rail­ways 11 hours to re­store the line go­ing to­wards Vithal­wadi. As re­sult, ma­jor­ity of trains be­tween CSTKar­jat were can­celled. Fi­nally at 4.30pm, the line to­wards Kar­jat was re­stored and Kalyan-Kar­jat ser­vice was re­stored at 4.42pm.

Liquor shops and ho­tels will re­main open un­til late into the night on New Year’s Eve. While the state has given liquor and wine shops per­mis­sion to re­main open un­til 1am, ho­tels, beer bars and per­mit rooms can serve peo­ple un­til 5am.

But if you are plan­ning to cel­e­brate at a ho­tel near any of the state or na­tional high­ways, these rules will not ap­ply. Rea­son: Ho­tels and party halls si­t­u­ated within a 500-m ra­dius of these roads will not be al­lowed to serve liquor.

It means the govern­ment has de­cided not to is­sue one-day tem­po­rary club li­cences to serve liquor. The de­ci­sion was taken in view of the Supreme Court or­der that pro­hibits serv­ing liquor along high­ways to pre­vent road ac­ci­dents.

The SC on De­cem­ber 16 had or­dered the clo­sure of all liquor shops along the na­tional and state high­ways across the coun­try.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

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