Amar Singh candidature for RS opposed in SP meeting
Lucknow: The ruling Samajwadi Party Parliamentary Board, which met here on Monday, looked divided over sending Amar Singh to Rajya Sabha and authorised Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav to take final decision in this regard.
''In fact, the Party chief has been authorised to decide on the candidates for 11 Rajya Sabha and 13 Legislative Council seats in Uttar Pradesh beside UP assembly polls 2017,'' the SP General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and Kironmoy Nanda told reporters after the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Chief Minister and state SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav , Senior party leaders and Ministers Shiv Pal Singh Yadav and Mohd Azam Khan.
Ram Gopal and Azam opposed Amar:
- The senior party leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Mohd Azam Khan did not seem convinced over Amar Singh 's name for rajya Sabha, according to sources.
- It means chances of former SP leader Amar Singh getting RS berth looked bleak at the moment.
- Both the leaders had never shy of being critical of Aamr Singh publicly.
- Sources said that CM Akhilesh maintained a neutral position on the issue.
- The Board has authorised Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Party chief to take final decision in selection of candidates for RS and Council.
- He will soon issue a list of candidates, the SP leaders said.
Youths to get preference in Council:
- The meeting decided to give preference to party's youth brigade leaders for Vidhan Parishad seats.
- The CM was asked to furnish names to Mulayam Singh Yadav for final nod.
The SP candidates chances in RS and Council:
- As per the party's strength, the SP is in position to win seven Rajya Sabha and eight Legislative Council seats.
- The meeting ,though, discussed long list of candidates for these seats.
Names discussed for Rajya Sabha:
- Builder Sanjay Seth (though his name for UP legislative Council was turned down by the Governor Ram Naik earlier).
- Former Union Minister Beni Parasad Verma
- Senior leader Ramji Lal Suman.
- Cabinet Minister Balram Yadav.
- Vishambhar Prasad
- Former Governor Aziz Qureshi
- Former MP Shafikur Rahman.