The declaration of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections has caused much turbulance in the ruling Samajwadi Party. Party leaders in several districts have conveyed their unhappiness to the high command over the choice of candidates and requested for change. At some places, they have even said that the cadres cannot work for the selected men.
The party had declared its first list of 55 candidates on November 16 and a second list of eight candidates and one change in first list on November 19. Both lists were declared by the party’s national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav.
The first rejection of the official candidate was reported from Unnao where the party has fielded historysheeter Arun Kumar Shukla alias Anna who had contested on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket from the area in 2009. Anwar Ahmad, who is district president of SP in Unnao, announced that he would not support Anna. “I cannot support Anna. It is not possible for me to support a candidate who had harassed us in the past,” Anwar reportedly stated in a party meeting where Anna was present. Anwar even met party president Mulayam Singh Yadav at Lucknow and told him the district unit could not support Anna.
Another incident was reported from Etah where the party has chosen Devendra Singh Yadav, who had joined the SP only three days ago. Rameshwar Yadav, MLA from Aliganj who was also a claimant, met Mulayam Singh and registered his protest. Later, he reportedly offered a deal: “Give me the ticket for Farrukhabad and I will support Devendra.”
In Meerut, many leaders are against Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shahid Manzoor’s brother Shams Parvez and complaints have reached Mulayam Singh’s office. It is said that Parvez had lost the town area election from Kithore, which is in the minister’s constituency. So how can he win the election of MP? Shahid Manzoor himself had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election and was placed third.
In Agra, SP workers have opened a front against Mahraj Singh Dhanghar. Since the constituency is reserved, many have even questioned whether Dhanghar is eligible to contest. Former Mayor Anjula Mahaur and MLC Ram Sakal Gurjar have met Mulayam Singh and said “the final decision rests with Netaji. We have conveyed everything,” Gurjar stated.
In Faizabad, SP candidate Tilak Ram Verma was a reluctant starter. “I got the ticket due to Netaji, I