Three MLAs desert Peace Party, ‘to form group in Assembly’

In a big jolt to the Peace Party, its three MLAs — Akhilesh Singh, Malik Kamal Yusuf and Aneesur Rehman — disassociated themselves from the party's legislature group and decided to form a separate group in Assembly.

Peace Party had four MLAs and thus is left with only its supremo Dr Mohammad Ayub in Assembly.

Dr Ayub alleged that the Samajwadi Party is luring his legislators to harm his party.

"We took the decision due to high handedness of Dr Ayub. He took no interest in party affairs, never called a meeting of legislatures and did not even recommend our names for Assembly committees. Due to the neglect we were even cut off from the public as the Peace Party has no ground," said Yusuf, who represents Domariyaganj constituency. Yusuf, however, stated that he has not yet resigned from the party membership. Yusuf also denied joining any other party. "We three will form a separate group in Assembly and request the Speaker to recognise us. Further decision will be held after our meeting, which will be held shortly in Lucknow," he added.

Singh, who represents Rae Bareli, announced his decision to resign from the post of national general secretary of Peace Party at a press conference today. Singh attributed his decision to grounds that both Bharatiya Janata Party and Peace Party were behind the series of riots in the state. He also admitted that he is part of the proposal to form a separate group in Assembly and denied joining the ruling party. Meanwhile, Rehman, who represents Kanth constituency in Moradabad, could not be reached for comments. Both Singh and Yusuf claimed that Rehman is on their side and has been taken into confidence.

Dr Ayub, meanwhile, claimed that he has not received anything in writing from his legislators. "If they are so keen on leaving the party, they should resign from their seat and contest elections. There is no such provision of forming a separate group in Assembly," he said.

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