With the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls now entering its home stretch the Samajwadi Party, which is aiming to secure the maximum number of seats to emerge as a key player in the post-poll scenario, is all set to initiate action against the party officials and candidates whose interest has been found flagging.
Similarly some of the district-level officers, who did not “toe the party line and had failed to heed the requests made by the candidates and party leaders”, would face the music soon in an impending reshuffle.
At the behest of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the party on Monday decided to stage two more rallies at Varanasi and Gonda on January 23 and February 3, respectively.
A district police chief had already been punished by the Chief Minister following complaints from the SP leaders. Unnao SP, Sunita Singh was shunted out after the officer had refuse to oblige two Samajwadi MLAs demanding action against their political rivals. Besides, the government had shifted some two dozen SPs, IGs and the DIGs in the last couple of days and another round of transfers and postings are in the offing before the formal announcement of the polls is made.
As part of its strategy to increase its LS tally, the SP has been going full throttle and the January 18 induction of two Brahmin ministers into the Akhilesh Yadav Cabinet to consolidate the party’s Brahmin votes was the latest in this regard. The SP top brass has been receiving complaints from the candidates as well as the party functionaries at the district-level regarding the lack of coordination. At several places, the candidates told Mulayam that the party functionaries were not cooperating with them while in some constituencies the district-level functionaries told the leadership that the candidates were not working hard and were ‘idling at home’.
It was against this background that the SP leadership convened a meeting of the party candidates on Saturday and both Mulayam and Akhilesh sought a direct feedback from them.