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Updated: June 12, 2012 16:17 IST

Kannauj may not see contest

Atiq Khan
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A file photo of Samajwadi party candidate Dimple Yadav. Photo: Special Arrangement
A file photo of Samajwadi party candidate Dimple Yadav. Photo: Special Arrangement

With the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party backing out and the Bahujan Samaj Party's position not yet clear, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh's daughter-in-law, Dimple Yadav, filed her papers for the June 24 Kannauj Lok Sabha by-election on Tuesday. Nominations close on Wednesday.

The by-election has been necessitated by the resignation of the seat by Ms. Yadav's husband and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav. He was alongside his wife when she filed her papers at the Kannauj Collectorate.

Another nomination, by Dashrath Shankwar of the Sanyukt Samajwadi Dal, was filed on Tuesday.

The by-election seems to be a no-contest with the scales, at the outset, tilted heavily in favour of Ms. Yadav.

The BJP's decision not to contest was taken at a meeting of the party's State Election Committee here on Tuesday. The BJP has instead decided to concentrate on the forthcoming local bodies elections.

Addressing an election meeting after filing her nomination, Ms. Yadav slammed the erstwhile Mayawati Government for corruption, and said she would leave no stone unturned to develop Kannauj. Describing herself as a “sister,” “daughter-in-law (bahu) and “sister-in-law”(bhabhi) of the electorate, Ms. Yadav said the people had seen the working of “Netaji” (Mulayam Singh) and her husband, and that she would continue to serve Kannauj.

The Chief Minister assured the ‘janata' that he would develop the entire State, and in particular improve the power situation.

Ms. Yadav unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha by-election from Firozabad in 2009 after the seat was vacated by her husband, who preferred to retain Kannauj (in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Mr. Yadav won from both constituencies). The winner in the by-election then was Raj Babbar, who was fielded by the Congress after he quit the SP. Her loss at the hands of a one-time party colleague was seen as a personal setback to Mr. Mulayam Singh.

Since 2009 there has been a marked reversal in the fortunes of the SP and the Congress with the former now in the seat of power and the latter finding it difficult to recover from the setback it suffered in the 2012 Assembly polls.

The Congress decision not to contest the Kannauj by-election has been confirmed by PCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi. As the Congress did not contest the 2009 Lok Sabha poll from Kannauj, it was decided not fight the by-election too, has been the official line taken by the party leadership.

However, it is being said in political circles that the Congress' ‘friendly gesture' to Mr. Mulayam Singh is the result of a new-found bonhomie between the two, a far cry from the 2009 Firozabad by poll and the 2012 Assembly elections. It is also being rumoured that the Congress gesture is in appreciation of Mr. Singh's support in the Presidential election. Talk of a growing ‘closeness' between the Congress and the SP has been making the rounds ever since the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister graced the function to commemorate three years of the UPA government recently. Meanwhile, suspense continues on whether or not the BSP will contest the by-election, particularly in the backdrop of Ms. Mayawati's decision in 2011 not to contest by-elections to the Vidhan Sabha. There has been no official word from the BSP.

All political parties in india with exception of BJP,communists have turned into family enterprises.Why should we waste thousands of crores in conducting elections when parties like congress,SP indulging in typical i scratch your back you scratch my back method.Its best if political parties promoting dynasties share seats amongst themselves instead of wasting taxpayers money in name of elections and democracy.

from:  chinmay
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:14 IST

Nepotic sickness--so called education (that too allegedly from abroad) doesn't cure--only more acute shifting symptoms. Too many people were too happy to see a dhrit-rashtra favouring duryodhana and now planting the female card! Nothing new! God save the queen (oops...)!

from:  varun
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:24 IST

Rahul and Digvijay Singh chickened out of the contest. They are not even willing to arm-wrestle the Yadavs. BJP is no better. They did not want to spend money when the result is foregone. I am sure there is some quid-pro-quo in the whole mix. Another question that rattles is why another person from the First Family of UP. Why not a young educated aspirant who can contribute to the nation at large. Here the Yadavs have chickened out. End result, the constituency has been done in by all parties.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:41 IST

I wonder how politics and political landscape abruptly change in India.It was not long ago when both the Congress and the SP were busy in a blame game in the quest of power in UP.Astonishingly,a few days later,Mulayam Singh Yadav,the powerful SP chief, appears alongside the Congress leadership signalling,quite conspicuously, the events to follow.Therefore,the Congress' decision to not challenge Dimple Yadav is not at all surprising.This seemingly growing alliance is significant in the context of fragile ties with the TMC.

from:  Maloth Dinesh Jadhav
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:36 IST

Dynastic politics started the day first PM was sworn. That day sealed the fate. I know this will not get published by The Hindu for they themselves serve Congress' interest albeit subtly. I care neither for Hindu nor Congress. Nehru doomed this country. With the exception of Lal Bahadur Shastri and Rajendra Prasad there has been no true leader in country. Mahatma Ganndhi surrendered against the will of Nehru. In my theory of development a backward country can become developed in 25 years because a generation changes. We are a huge country so could have taken 40 years but 60 years have passed. No education is root of these problems like dynastic politics. If people become educated they will see through it. It is one of the reasons and biggest tools in hands of political parties. Do not let people get educated. RTE act comes after 60 years and will take 600 for implementation. Newspapers like The Hindu are dooming country by playing political games for money.

from:  Shiv Shankar Dayal
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:22 IST

India is a modern monarchy where the politicians cause anarchy. There is no law or mechanism to Govern the ones who Govern the country. Honest and hardworking people have no chance in this corruption drenched political system and only heirs of political families can come to power. Democracy in India is a hypocrisy. List of monarchies in India is listed for your reference:
1. Gandhi Family
2. Mulayam Family
3. Karunanidhi Family
4. Lalu Family
5. NTR Family
6. YSR Family
7. Deve Gowda Family
8. Bal Thakeray family
9. Scindia Family,
10. Farukh Abdullah Family
11. Patnaik Family
12. Moopanar Family
13. Chautala Family
14. Dikshit Family
The length and breadth of this is ruled by various dynasties except that they fight a war called "Election" and con the common man. 99.99% of second generation rulers from these dynasties have no qualification than being born into the ruling family. There is no hope, we should start QUIT INDIA movement by migrating to other decent countries.

from:  Hemnath
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 00:16 IST

Political Dynasty had always been blossomed in Indian politics and this Concept is derived from patriarch fame, As it always ease to induct in politics if you belong to a politician family. Not sure how extent it is associated with public welfare in democracy.

from:  Ashishaw
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 19:02 IST

People must understand that voting for SP is indrictly voting for Congress. Both have no intrest in common man & it is for the public to vote for their voice who ever he or she is but must should be upright, intelligent & above all should not be a criminal minded.

from:  dupinder
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 18:49 IST

Congress has decided not to field any candidate against Ms. Dimple in
this is the face of congress, from last three month they are blaming
SP for for crime in UP now its time to fight against what they believe
but they are not at all interesting in contesting election.
What about Congress AAM ADMI, congress should come and tell openly
that they are not contesting election because AAM ADMI is happy in UP.
1)What about Rahul Gandhi Dream of UP?
2)Is Congree is so afraid of defect that they are not even contesting
3)What about Congress Party worker?
4)What about SP worker breaking the LAW?
5)Where is Rahul Gandhi youth leaders?
6)Where is centra govt. lot of work done in UP will be paid of?
Every party right now have a single point agenda that Modi should not
became PM otherwise all political shops will be closed because all the
corrupt shopkeepers will be in jail.

from:  rishiraj
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 17:00 IST

Few years down the line, we will have MPs and MLAs from only the political families. Congress supporting this lady, albeit indirectly, strengthens the popular belief that Congress has a single-point agenda - rule this country by hook or by crook. Still media remains blind to their designs. The country needs revolution to rid itself from the corrupt Congress rule. Media must play a responsible role and help people build a better alternative. They need to first come out of the habitual maligning of Narendra Modi.

from:  VMN Sharma
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 16:45 IST

India will not prosper until this trend of dynastic politics is arrested. Are we in democracy or monarchy.

from:  bharat
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 16:11 IST
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