Slim victory margin behind Maya's sacking spree
RAMENDRA SINGH Posted: Jan 06, 2012 at 0305 hrs
Lucknow BSP chief Mayawati has sacked several of her ministers and
denied them and several MLAs the party ticket, claiming they failed to
discharge their duty or misused their official position. However,
records reveal that most of them had won by a small margin in 2007
and, according to a BSP leader, would not have been able to defy
anti-incumbency factor this time.
In the last few weeks, BSP has sacked and denied tickets to 10
ministers and several MLAs.
The ruling party denied ticket to Bijnor MLA Shahnawaz Rana who
recently joined RLD. During 2007 Assembly polls, Rana had fetched
61588 votes against 61031 votes of Kunvar Bhartendra of SP, winning
the seat by just 557 votes.
Shahjil Islam Ansari was sacked as minister and denied ticket. Ansari
was minister of Wakfs and represented Bhojipura constituency of
Bareilly. Ansari had fetched 39339 votes against 38209 of BJP's
Bahoran Lal Maurya, claiming a win by just 1130 votes.
Ayurveda minister Daddan Mishra who represented Shrawasti's Bhinga
seat was also denied the candidature and subsequently he resigned from
the minister's post and recently joined the BJP.
Daddan had fetched 28707 votes against 28616 of Congress's Mohammad
Aslam, winning by just 91 votes.
BSP also denied ticket to Sahaswan MLA DP Yadav who is now trying to
get into the SP fold. Yadav who had contested on the symbol of his
Rashtriya Parivartan Dal, had received 33883 votes against 33774 votes
of SP's Omkar Singh, winning by just 109 votes. Yadav had merged his
party with the BSP after elections.
Higher Education minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi, who represents Handia
constituency of Allahabad district, after being denied ticket by the
BSP, is now trying to enter the BJP. Tripathi had scored 62151 votes
against 60809 votes of SP's Mahesh Narayan Singh, winning by a margin
of just 1,342 votes.
Technical Education minister Sadal Prasad, who was also sacked and
dropped from the list of candidates, represents Bansgaon constituency
of Gorakhpur. He had fetched 41586 votes against 39302 votes of BJP's
Sant Prasad, winning by just 2,284 votes.
Secondary Education minister Rangnath Mishra, who resigned after his
indictment by Lokayukta, was also dropped by the BSP from Aurai seat
of Sant Ravidas Nagar which he represents. Mishra had received 53759
votes against 51028 votes of Apna Dal's Rita Singh, and won the seat
with 2,731 votes.
Agriculture Education and Agriculture Research minister, Rajpal Tyagi
who was sacked from the cabinet on December 25, had received 37796 as
an independent candidate from Muradnagar against 34776 votes of BSP's
Wahab, winning by 3,020 votes.
"When these candidates could win with so small margin while there was
a strong anti-incumbency against SP government, they will definitely
will not be able to resist the anti-incumbency factor working against
themselves," said a BSP leader adding that other factors like
corruption charges and delimitation of constituencies have also played
a vital role in the denial of tickets.
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