The ruling Samajwadi Party, eyeing a return in Assembly polls, suffered a setback on Saturday as its patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s aide Ambika Chaudhary joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The two parties have been slugging it out against each other in state politics for more than two decades.
Chaudhary, Mulayam’s long-time aide said he was “saddened” by the way the latter was treated by his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Welcoming Chaudhary in the party fold, the BSP has promised him a party ticket from his traditional Phephna seat in Ballia which he had lost in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. He later became a member of the Legislative Council.
“I have taken him in the party and he will be given full respect in the BSP at all levels, much more than he was getting in the SP. The party will field him from his old seat in Ballia in the Assembly polls,” BSP supremo Mayawati said.
Chaudhary said he has resigned from all posts in the Samajwadi Party.
Referring to the infighting in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s clan, he said, “It was not merely an internal matter of a particular party at the time of elections. This political party is in power and has the responsibility to check BJP from coming to power.”
“…the manner in which these developments came to an end… before the Election Commission on January 16 only proved that the intention of the tussle was something other than shielding the secular movement and the downtrodden,” he added.
Samajwadi Party has just come out of a near two-month long internal squabble, chiefly between the new chief Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav. The latter was strongly backed by SP’s former chief and patriarch Mulayam Singh.
The feud ‘ended’ after the central poll panels’ ruling of according the party symbol to Akhilesh Yadav’s faction. However, it seems to have left scars within the party.
“It is also important that anyone can support or oppose Mulayam Singh politically but the manner in which Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his people behaved with him …. and he was rejected, has been deplored in the whole country and I am also very sad because of it,” he said.
Chaudhary, who had beena minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, said that he had been in politics for 40 years and in the SP since 25 years.
(With inputs from the PTI)