'Azam caused SP's election defeat'

Samajwadi Party general secretary Anuradha Chaudhary on Friday resigned from the party and held senior leader and UP minister Azam Khan for the dismal performance of the party in the Lok Sabha polls.

Chaudhary, who had been sacked from her minister of state rank post by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after the Lok Sabha polls results were out, said that polarization along communal lines following the last year’s riots in Muzaffarnagar had resulted in SP’s defeat in the state.

In a letter to the Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, she said that Azam Khan had ‘instigated’ the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar. Chaudhary asked the party supremo to immediately sack Khan from the party, if he wanted to revive SP in the state.

Anuradha Chaudhary had crossed over to SP from Rashtriya Lok Dal on the eve of the 2012 UP assembly polls and was rewarded with minister of state rank by the SP regime.

Few days back Akhilesh sacked as many as 36 senior party leaders with minister rank after reports, that they failed to ensure win for the party nominees in their respective areas.

‘Expose BJP’

Asking party legislators to expose wrongdoings of BJP and make people ‘alert’ about it, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said that they should work to ensure the benefit of development schemes reach to the people of state, reports PTI from Lucknow.

“You all should expose BJP and make people alert about it. You all should ensure that the developmental schemes launched by the government reach them,” Yadav said while addressing a review meeting with the party legislators. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also attended the meeting.

Mulayam said voters were confused due to propaganda of opposition parties and the parties would be exposed themselves in the coming days. “SP had always worked to ensure Hindu-Muslim unity and would continue to do that,” he said, adding that the UP government had worked for common man and fulfilled all the promises it made to people in last two years of its regime.

Mulayam also motivated legislators who suffered a drubbing in recent elections. He said, “Ups and downs do come in politics. Don’t care much about victory or defeat in elections. You also should strengthen the party, which has the strongest organisation.

SP MLA Ravidas Mehrotra added, “The issue of internal rift in the party was also raised by the legislators on which Mulayam has asked them to give it in writing.”

Some legislators also pointed out lack of cooperation from SP ministers and sought action against them. After a poor show in Lok Sabha polls, SP on Thursday dissolved its state unit and all 15 cells associated with it. The ruling SP in the state was reduced to 5 seats in the polls as compared to 23 seats in 2009, while BJP and its ally Apna Dal clinched 73.

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