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Kisan Manch not to claim seats from People's Front

LUCKNOW, JAN. 20. The Kisan Manch formed by supporters of the former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh, has decided not to claim any seats from the People's Front to contest in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

Talking to presspersons here today, Mr. Singh said the manch had reversed its earlier decision to contest the elections as part of the People's Front.

The manch had first demanded 13 seats from the Samajwadi Party leader, Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has been leading the People's Front in Uttar Pradesh, but Mr. Yadav did not pay attention to the demand. It later claimed six seats but Mr. Yadav felt even this was not justified. He accommodated only one candidate, wife of Bhola Singh, president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. She would be contesting elections from Soraon constituency in Allahabad.

Mr. Singh said he would shortly be writing letters to leaders of various parties, including the Prime Minister to direct the MLAs of their parties to give details of expenditure on public works from their constituency funds. This was public money and the people had every right to know what had happened with the funds.

Mr. Singh said if the parties did not pay heed to his demand he would stage a dharna in Lucknow on January 31. He felt the funds were not being utilised properly and there was no justification for their continuance in future.

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