UP MLC nominations: showdown between UP govt and Governor

UP MLC nominations: showdown between UP govt and Governor

Akhilesh-and-ram-naikLucknow, Aug 1 - A showdown between the Samajwadi Party government and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik seems escalating after the state government forwarded the same names for the nominations to the legislative council which had been rejected by the Rajbhawan on July 2. The Governor had refused to give his consent for five candidates saying that he was not satisfied with the selection as most of them were party workers and did not qualify to get nominated for the positions which should be given to eminent persons in the field of literature, art, science, culture and social work. He, however, had approved the names of four candidates out of the total nine and sent back the remaining five names. But the SP has again sent the same names to the Rajbhawan on Thursday thus escalating its confrontation with the Governor. Recently, SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav has attacked the Governor for putting spanner on all the state government's move and even asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make him the chief ministerial candidate in the 2017 Assembly polls. The SP leader also announced to launch an agitation against the Governor if he refuses to mend his way. However, the Governor, refused to comment on the SP leader's threat saying that "it was a political statement of the leader." Rajbhawan sources here today confirmed that they have received the list sent by the government and five names are the same about whom the Governor had sought details. Now the Rajbhawan was examining the reply of the government and has sought detailed report from the income tax department about one of the candidate Sanjay Seth, a real estate developer. Recently, Income Tax sleuths had raided the offices and the residences of Mr Seth. Kamlesh Pathak is another controversial name in the list who faces criminal cases. Apart from him, the Raj Bhawan had also objected to the candidature of Abdul Sarfaraz Khan, Rajpal Kashyap and Ranvijay Singh. Those approved by him were SRS Yadav, Lilavati Kushwaha, Ram Vriksha Singh Yadav and Jitendra Yadav, who have already taken oath. The confrontation between the UP government and Rajbhawan started over the nomination of nine members to the legislative council since May when the state government sent nine names on May 21 for their nominations. But Governor objected to it and only four names were cleared after much discussion on July 2. Even Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akilesh Yadav met the Governor to clear his doubt but nothing happened.

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