The State Executive meeting of the Samajwadi Party will be the next stop in the party’s poll-preparedness exercise for the 2014 Lok Sabha election. The meeting to be held on July 31 has been convened by the State unit president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Party president Mulayam Singh will be the main speaker and the forthcoming meet is likely to be the last State Executive before the Lok Sabha election.

The upcoming meet has assumed significance against the backdrop of the thorough stock-taking exercise by Mr. Singh to assess the winnability quotient of the candidates for the 2014 Lok Sabha election. The exercise continued on Wednesday with the Samajwadi Party president reviewing the poll-preparedness of 10 Lok Sabha candidates, mostly from constituencies in Bundelkhand in a closed-door meeting with them . The Chief Minister was present.

Sources in the Samajwadi Party said that Mr. Singh expressed dissatisfaction over the poll preparedness of the candidates and warned the partymen that laxity would not be tolerated. Given the crucial role which the youth is expected to play in the 2014 poll, Mr. Singh asked the candidates to enlist the support of the young generation for the party’s cause. He also directed them to launch a massive mass contact programme with the people.

Sources said the SP chief does not want the coming election to become a verdict against the performance of the Akhilesh Yadav Government and its failure to control the law and order and crime situation in the State considering that the Bahujan Samaj Party is ready to exploit the situation to its advantage. Lately, the BSP president Mayawati, who also reviewed her party’s poll preparedness over the last couple of days, has been attacking the State Government on its failure to enforce the rule of law. In fact, Ms. Mayawati in her party meetings has indicated that law and order would be a potent electoral issue to nail the Samajwadi Party in the Lok Sabha poll. On the law and order issue, the BSP president had stepped up her demand for the imposition of President’s Rule in the State.

Even as the law and order situation in the State apparently dimmed the ruling party’s ratings, the absence of coordination between the Government agencies and the alleged power struggle have created a piquant situation. The transfer of 18 IPS officers last week is a case in point of the alleged lack of coordination.

Almost a week of their transfer, many of whom were given the charge of districts, none of them have taken up their postings. As is the practice, the transfer orders were issued by the State Home Department. It is alleged that within hours of the transfer orders, the police officers were asked to stay put by a senior officer in the Director General of Police office.

While the Home Department has maintained that the transfer orders were on and have not been cancelled, none of the 18 IPS officers have taken up their new posting.