As DP has laugh last, SP cries backstabbing

Mafia-turned-politician D P Yadav, who was denied entry to the Samjwadi Party by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seemed to have taken a sweet revenge against the party. He foiled the attempts made by local SP MP and Akhilesh's cousin Dharmendra Yadav to unseat his relative from the post of zila panchayat chairman of Budaun.

Ironically, Dharmendra failed to keep his flock together against D P Yadav.

Chetna Singh, the projected candidate of the SP, blamed Banwari Singh Yadav, who is party's MLC and district unit president, for backstabbing. She accused Banwari of conspiring with D P Yadav to defeat her and malign the image of Dharmendra.

"Before the voting, I had placed these issues before Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Banwari Singh Yadav and his son Ashish Yadav, who is also an MLA, were directed by the CM to support us. But both of them sold their conscience before the muscle- and money-power of D P Yadav and sabotaged our planning," she said.

Cabinet Minister Azam Khan, who was in Budaun on Monday to distribute cheques for the state government scheme Hamari Beti Uska Kal, too, was apprised about the situation.

"Azam Khan too reprimanded Banwari Yadav. It is a planning by Banwari to defame Dharmendra Yadav. In future, this incident will be highlighted as Dharmendra's failure," Chetna claimed.

Banwari, however, denied the charges and blamed Chetna for ill-treating the members of the zila panchayat. "She could not hold the members and they went away on their own. There was mismanagement in her camp. I am ready for any probe and will abide by (party chief) Mulayam Singh's direction," Banwari said.

The no-confidence motion against the incumbent Budaun zila panchayat chairman Poonam Yadav, a relative of D P Yadav, was moved by the SP. On February 4, as many as 31 members of the total 41 signed the no-confidence motion against Poonam.

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