Agencies, New Delhi/ Mumbai/Chennai
A tricolour flagpole of over 200 ft was pitched today, a few furlongs away from Parliament, now being decked up for the 16th Lok Sabha as parties jamborees got underway in full swing but not without fissures due to breaking of ties with old allies and desertions and inductions by prominent leaders. Game of musical chairs got underway in major camps with players smelling better prospects joining hands with other parties on various pleas, but with an eye on definite seats.
Uttar Pradesh former chief minister Jagdambika Pal quit Congress,accusing the party of sidelining him.
Congress was reported to be holding back the announcement of Mr Pal as the candidate from Doomariyaganj after reports about his ‘hobnobbing’ with BJP surfaced, a senior Congress leader said.
Likewise, SP Singh Baghel, former MP and Bahujan Samaj Party leader, joined Bharatiya Janata Party which has again accommodated Kalyan Singh who had facilitated his victory from Ferozabad on the Samajwadi party ticket in 1998.
Hot on the heels of Jagdambika Pal’s resignation as Congress MP, another Lok Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh put in his papers from the Samajwadi Party as well as from his LS seat.
Announcing his decision in Gonda, Mr Braj Bhushan Saran Singh said he could join the BJP and contest the coming elections.
The SP MP had earlier declined the offer of a party ticket from the Kaiserganj seat, sparking buzz about his switching sides before the polls.
Mr Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh was also seen at BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Lucknow on March 2 while his son Pratik Bhushan has already become an active member of the BJP.
Earlier in Delhi, Mr Jagdambika Pal announced his resignation from the party as well as from his Lok Sabha seat. He is expected to join the BJP. Mr Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh, four-time MP, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Gonda seat for the first time in 1991 on the BJP ticket and represented the constituency on the lotus symbol in the 1999 and 2004 elections. In 2008, he joined the SamajwadiParty and later won the Kaiserganj seat on SP ticket in 2009. He is also the president of the Wrestling Federation of India(WFI).
The Arunachal Pradesh Assembly was last evening dissolved by Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma following recommendations of state Cabinet which demanded holding of the state election along with Lok Sabha polls next month.
The decision of dissolution of the legislative assembly of the state was taken at a Cabinet meeting convened just after conclusion of three-day Budget Session. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his residential office last evening; government officials informed UNI.
The Cabinet recommended for holding Assembly Election along with the General Elections, sources informed, adding that the Governor will forward Cabinet recommendation to EC for taking a final decision.
The EC has already declared April 9 as voting day for two Parliamentary seats in Arunachal Pradesh. The Nabam Tuki-led Congress Ministry in the state has 55 legislators in the 60-member House.
In Ahmedabad, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, on a four-day campaign trail in Gujarat, alleged that Narendra Modi’s claims of development of the state were a lie.’’We are in the state to check out the development claims made by Modi Government, but what we have seen in the last two days is very shocking,’’ Mr Kejriwal told reporters. The AAP leader said he has several questions in his mind and wanted to meet the Gujarat Chief Minister to get answers of mainly 16 issues. He was not given time for the appointment.
In Mumbai, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray shocked political circles again when he held a meeting with the Jan Surajya Shakti (JSS) party and Peasants and Workers Party (PWP).
The MNS president yesterday held a meeting with PWP leader Jayant Patil and Vinay Kore of the JSS, giving the first sign he would field candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.
The PWP has four MLAs and a sizeable following in Raigad district, while the JSS has two MLAs and wields influence in certain pockets of western Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena’s adamant posture against the MNS in the BJP-led ‘mahauti’ (grand alliance) has forced Raj Thackeray to hunt for new partners.