Says he is confident that Beni Prasad will not form a new party
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh, who has decided to contest the Coming State Assembly elections from Bharthana and Gunnaur, has sought to play down his differences with his senior party colleague, Beni Prasad Verma.
Mr. Verma, who is the Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament from Kaiserganj and a former Union Minister, has threatened to form a new party, Samajwadi Kranti Dal. However, Mr. Verma has stated that the new party would ensure that Mr. Singh becomes the Chief Minister after the elections.
The SP MP is reportedly unhappy at the treatment meted out to him and his loyalists by some senior leaders of the party, and the Chief Minister turning a deaf ear to his pleas.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Mr. Singh said Mr. Verma was a trusted party colleague who had played a prominent role in strengthening the party. The Chief Minister said he had full faith in Mr Verma that he would not form a new party.
Regarding the move to contest from two Assembly constituencies, Mr. Singh said he had only obeyed the directives from the party.
Welcoming former MLA, Satish Jaiswal, Santosh Jain, Swami Charan Sahu, SP Jaiswal and Rajiv Agarwal from the Congress and the BSP respectively, he accused the UPA Government at the centre of plotting to overthrow his Government.
He said that some unprincipled parties had ganged up against the Samajwadi Party in order to benefit the Bharatiya Janata Party. He said they had only one task before them: to ensure that he does not return to power.
Mr. Singh reiterated that his party was passing through a critical phase and there were many challenges before it.
Taking a dig at the efforts to form the "fourth front", Mr. Singh said the fronts and political formations were breaking up before their formation as everybody was fighting over tickets.