Lucknow, Feb 9: With upsurge of the Congress following entry of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in active politics particularly in Uttar Pradesh, the opposition Mahagathbandhan of Samajwadi Party( SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP), which had announced to contest 38 seats each in the Lok Sabha elections in the state are now facing a tough task to select its candidates.
The usual saying of ' Pahle Aap' strategy is being adopted by both the SP and BSP in announcing the candidates and now with the entry of the Congress, they are now adopting a wait and watch policy.
According to a SP sources,here on Saturday, Akhilesh Yadav has asked its sitting Rajya Sabha and all the legislators not to seek ticket for the Lok Sabha polls as the party would not be interested in going for bypolls at any cost.
" The leadership has informed some legislators ,who had approached to seek the Lok Sabha ticket, to help the alliance candidates to win those seats , on which they are interested," the leader said.
Meanwhile, on the other hand BSP too is finding tough to select 38 candidates for the Parliament seats.There is major resentment within the BSP too and interestingly, many leaders were also planning to cross the floor and contest on any other Party ticket or contest the fight as an `Independent’.
Surprisingly, after the announcement of the alliance was made on January 12 last with the SP, and immediate a candidates list was made viral in the social media in which Mayawati was made the candidate from Saharanpur. Later the BSP claimed that it was a fake candidates list.
Sources said here on Saturday that amidst reports of resentment within the party cadre over selection of candidates, the infighting in BSP came to the fore in Meerut and Bijnore where the Party leadership also had to withdraw one of the names.
Reports said Haji Yaqub Qureshi, who was recently made coordinator of Meerut-Hapur and is also set to get ticket from Meerut, faced strong opposition from within the Party cadre. In a meeting of the Dalit community leaders in the district, the Party workers raised strong objection over making of Qureshi as co-ordinator and alleged him to be involved in anti-Party activities.
Sources confirmed that former district unit general secretary of BSP, Dr Om Prakash Jatav, and former district incharge, Ompal Khadar, alleged that after winning 2002 Assembly elections, Qureshi had worked to create rift within the Party, besides making objectionable comments on BSP supremo Mayawati. Not only this, the Party high command is once again planning to give ticket to Qureshi even when he lost last several elections.
The party cadre claimed that they will bring the anti-Party approach of Qureshi before Mayawati and urge to change his candidature in case she has planned to give him Lok Sabha ticket.
Similarly few days back, when Mayawati made former MLA, Ruchi Veera, as co-ordinator of the Bijnore Lok Sabha seat, the local leaders made a strong protest forcing the BSP chief to withdraw her name. Later Mayawati made former MLA, Mohamed Iqbal incharge of Bijnore.
However, even after that, the resentment did not stop. Besides these , there are at least half a dozen Parliament constituencies, where the local leaders were opposing possible candidature of controversial candidates, especially of those who recently joined the Party or to whom, the Party is planning to gave fresh `entry’ and to give them ticket for 2019 Parliament elections.(UNI)