Akhilesh Yadav Suffers Another Setback: Samajwadi Party Chief Whip Quits Amid Cross-Voting Fears

Samajwadi Party MLA and leader Manoj Kumar Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the post of Samajwadi Party Chief Whip amid the polling for 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
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Samajwadi Party's Chief Whip Quits As Voting Takes Place For 10 Rajya Sabha Seats In Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party MLA and leader Manoj Kumar Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the post of Samajwadi Party Chief Whip amid the polling for 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. Manoj Kumar Pandey, MLA from Unchahar, tendered his resignation shortly after the absence of eight MLAs from a dinner hosted by party leader Akhilesh Yadav, raising concerns amidst speculations of cross-voting in the Upper House election.
The potential cross-voting not only undermines the SP's prospects in this crucial election but also compounds the party's apprehensions months ahead of the general election. With the SP slated to contest 63 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh as part of the INDIA alliance, any internal discord prior to the polls would deal a significant blow.
Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of exerting pressure on the party's MLAs. "This is their modus operandi. They resort to intimidation, threats, employ agencies, or reopen old cases to coerce individuals. However, such tactics will not influence this election," he asserted yesterday.
Notably, some of the SP members went missing from a dinner hosted by the party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Monday sparking the rumours of cross-voting. Reports have suggested that a total of eight MLAs were missing from the dinner and now the fear is they could cross-vote, ANI reported.
The BJP has fielded seven candidates in UP including former Union Minister RPN Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, general secretary of the party's Uttar Pradesh unit Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant (Bind), party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi, former MLA Sadhna Singh and former Agra mayor Naveen Jain. However, with the BJP fielding Sanjay Seth as the eighth candidate, a major fight is on the cards.
The SP has fielded actor MP Jaya Bachchan, retired IAS officer Alok Ranjan, and Ramji Lal Suman in Uttar Pradesh.
In order to get elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, a candidate requires nearly 37 first-preference votes.
The tenure of Rajya Sabha MPs is six years, and elections are held every two years for 33 per cent of the seats. Presently, the Rajya Sabha has a total strength of 245 members.
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