Mulayam's party goes for rejig

 As its tally fell from 36 Lok Sabha (LS) seats in 2004 to just 23 in the just-concluded parliamentary polls, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to go for a complete rejig of the party’s organisational structure in Uttar Pradesh and other states.
Mulayam Singh’s party on Sunday decided to dissolve all its state units and frontal organisations across the country in order to reorganise the party.
The SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said that the party’s state units were dissolved to restructure them by placing hardworking and dedicated leaders and activists at key positions. He said that non-performers would be replaced by those who worked hard for the party during the LS polls.
The SP’s state units in its stronghold Uttar Pradesh and all other states across the country have been dissolved. All units of its frontal organisations too have been dissolved.
The SP had contested for 237 seats and won 36 – 35 in UP and one in Uttarakhand – and secured 4.32 per cent votes in 2004 LS polls. The party had contested for 393 of the 403 seats in UP state Assembly in 2007, and had won 97 securing 25.43 per cent. Though the SP and Congress were expected to contest the LS elections together, the seat-sharing talks between the two failed just ahead of the polls. While, the Congress immensely benefited by going alone in UP, the SP ended up with a very poor show.
Sources said that the rejig was intended to rejuvenate the party. The next Assembly poll in the BSP ruled northern state is scheduled to take place in 2012.
The SP’s parliamentary party meet also elected Mulayam Singh Yadav as its president on Sunday. “Our party’s MPs have always played positive and constructive roles in Parliament and would continue to do so. Mulayam Singh has directed all the new MPs to come prepared to Parliament and take active part in all the debates,” said the SP general secretary.

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