As Mulayam warms up to Left, CPM gets back its office in Lucknow

As Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav warms up to the Left parties, the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in UP has scrapped the Mayawati government's decision of cancelling the allotment of government office to the CPM in Lucknow.

The decision, seen as a goodwill gesture from the SP government by state CPM leaders, came on September 6 when Estate Officer Raj Kishor Yadav passed an order to cancel the order issued during the Mayawati regime for cancellation of allotment, and allotted the office to the CPM again.

In January 2011, the Estate Department had sent a letter to the CPM office asking the party to vacate the building. Subsequently, another letter dated February 25, 2011, was sent, saying the allotment of the office to the party had been cancelled. However, the CPM stayed on in the building.

CPM state secretariat member Deena Nath Singh said no reason was specified in the letter for cancellation of allotment, only that the party was ineligible for allotment, so it should vacate in three days.

"However, when we contacted the Estate Department, we were told that the office allotment had been cancelled as the party did not have any MLAs in the Assembly. But we declined to vacate and said we would protest if required as the party was eligible for it, being a national party. After that, the government did not pursue the matter further as Assembly elections were approaching," he said.

Sources in the Estate Department said the allotment had been cancelled by the government according to rules framed in June 1988, which said that a party with less than five MLAs in the Vidhan Sabha will not be allotted any office. Sources said the Mayawati government had also made fresh rules for allotment of offices to political parties in February 2009. These rules also stated that a party with less than five members in the state legislature would be ineligible for getting a government office. The CPM has not had a single MLA in UP in the last two Assembly elections.

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