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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sitting MLAs to be repeated in assembly elections: Rahul Gandhi

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Four months after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi indicated during a meeting in Lucknow that all the sitting MLA's will be repeated in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections due early next year, the Party has been Forced to reconsider the strategy.
The "rethink" comes days after as many as six Party MLA's  shifted loyalty and defied the party whip, cross-voted for other parties during the recent legislative Council and the Rajya Sabha Elections the Party also doubts that along with these six MLA's at least four other MLA's had also cross voted . The Party is now keeping a close watch on all its remaining legislatures.
 "with it being open voting during the Rajya Sabha Polls, the six MLA's could be easily identified. However, we suspects that actually 10 MLA's, including these 6 had cross voted during the legislative Council Elections. Since the voting was not open, it is difficult to find out the name. But to avoid any sudden exodus before the elections we are keeping a close watch on all of them said a senior party leader, Congress had 29 MLA's, out of which 6 cross voted in favour of BSP and BJP candidates during the Rajya Sabha Polls creating a scare for the Parties official candidate Kapil Sibal, who Scraped through with support other Parties. The MLA's were later expelled from the Party. They included Muhammad Muslim from Rae Bareli, DilNavaz Khan from Bulandshahar, Kazim Ali from Rampur, Sanjay Jaiswal from Basti, Madhuri Verma from Bahraich and Vijay Dubey from Kushinagar.
 Source informed that 4 other other MLA's who are suspected to have cross voted during the MLC polls, include 1 from the western Uttar Pradesh, 2 from Eastern UP and 1 from Bundelkhand. Thus out of its remaining 23 MLA's is confident only 19 Legislature at present.
Meanwhile, amidst talks of changes at the state level parties is also trying to identify workers and leaders who had openly demanded expulsion of sitting State President Nirmal Khatri during State executive meeting in Lucknow last week, in the presence of AICC General secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Asked about any possible action, Ram Krishna Dwivedi Chairman of UPCC disciplinary committee, refused to comment, calling it an internal Party matter. He however added, " we have an internal democracy within the party but in discipline will not be tolerated we are vigilant about such activities."

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