SP Calls Off Merger with Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed his resentment over the merger saying Mukhtar Ansari won’t be welcome in SP.
The Samajwadi Party on Saturday called off its merger with gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED).
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had on Saturday morning expressed his resentment over the merger saying Ansari will not be welcome in Samajwadi Party.
Mukhtar Ansari will not be welcome in the party. We don’t want such people in the party. I didn’t take the decision regarding the merger.
Yadav’s displeasure over the merger had been evident soon after the development on 21 June when he said,
If party workers perform their responsibilities, then there will be no need of another party.
Hours later, he sacked the Secondary Education Minister Balram Yadav apparently for facilitating the merger.
The move twas aimed at tapping the Muslim vote bank in eastern Uttar Pradesh where Ansari enjoys considerable clout among the minority community. It was met with intense criticism from not just the opposition, but from within the party itself.
Akhilesh reportedly was one of the leading voices in the party to have opposed a merger that had the blessing of party patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav.
(With agency inputs.)
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