Press Esc to close
Thursday 31 July 2014
News updated at 4:46 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Uttar Pradesh ministers fear axe if poll results go bad

Lucknow, Sanjay Pandey, May 15, 2014, DHNS:

Anxiety looms over the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh, as leaders expect heads to roll on a large-scale in the Akhilesh Yadav-led government if predictions of a poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections were proven correct. 

Amid concerns triggered by the prospect of a dismal performance, predicted by almost all exit polls, party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s warning that ministers could lose their jobs if candidates in Lok Sabha constituencies in their areas were to lose has come to haunt those in key positions.

Mulayam had also warned  presidents and chairmans of public corporations and other government bodies and those who are ministers of state in the UP government that they would be taken to task should candidates from their home lose the elections.

The SP has fielded five ministers, besides Assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey. Ministers include Paras Nath Yadav from Jaunpur, Shahid Manzorr from Meerut, Vinod Kumar Singh from Kaiserganj, Kailash Chaurasia from Varanasi and Surendra patel from Mirzapur.


The SP government had “obliged” senior leaders and “deserters” with chairmanships and presidencies of several state-owned bodies on the condition that they would ensure victory for SP nominees in their areas.

“IF exit polls were to be correct, we would see large-scale sackings,” admitted a SP leader. There are 100 ministers of state in the over-sized Akhilesh Yadav ministry.

SP sources also said the party has received reports of “sabotage” by senior leaders in some seats.

Sources said the party leadership is not certain about its performance, hoping that the exit polls would be proved wrong. Most exit polls gave seven to 12 seats for the party, predicting that the BSP would end up second behind the BJP.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walk from South...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walk from South...

U S Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval after...

U S Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval after...

Sophie McKinna of England sticks her tongue out as she competes in the Women's Shot Put final at...

Sophie McKinna of England sticks her tongue out as she competes in the Women's Shot Put final at...

Australia's Olivia Vivian performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Australia's Olivia Vivian performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

David Katoatau of Kiribati dances after winning the gold medal of the men's 105kg weightlifting...

David Katoatau of Kiribati dances after winning the gold medal of the men's 105kg weightlifting...

Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica (R) races Anyika Onuora of England during their women's 200 metres...

Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica (R) races Anyika Onuora of England during their women's 200 metres...

Canada's Isabela Maria Onyshko performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Canada's Isabela Maria Onyshko performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Silver medallist India's Lalita poses for photographs at the medal ceremony of women's Freestyle...

Silver medallist India's Lalita poses for photographs at the medal ceremony of women's Freestyle...

India's Vijender Singh after winning against Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the Men's...

India's Vijender Singh after winning against Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the Men's...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523