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Congress leadership is staring at yet another tough challenge of keeping it’s flock together when MLAs vote for party’s Rajya Sabha nominee Kapil Sibal on June 11. With only 29 MLAs in the party, the party is still falling short of at least 5 MLAs to ensure Congress nominee Kapil Sibal’s win in Rajya Sabha election.
Rubbing salt on Congress wound is rebellious behaviour of Banda MLA Vivek Singh. Singh after raising voice against Sibal’s candidature, was conspicuous by his absence at the Congress legislature party meeting at the party headquarters in Lucknow.
On top of it, when contacted Singh said: “My name is Vivek (rationale), would take rationale decision while voting.”
Also absent was Kaushal Kishore ‘Munna’, who is ill and is undergoing treatment in Mumbai. Thus making it almost impossible for Munna to reach Lucknow on June 11 and vote for RS nominee. Munna otherwise also has been showing rebellious attitude and has been showering praise on Akhilesh government’s development work even in the House.
Interestingly, Vivek though had reached Lucknow by evening, couldn’t make it to the meeting for some reason. However, though not categorically, Singh hinted about his rebellious behaviour in the run-up to Rajya Sabha election.
Congress is hopeful of getting support from extra 12 BSP MLAs like it got in Madhya Pradesh.
With Preeti Mahapatra, a social worker from Gujarat, filing nominations for Rajya Sabha seat and being ably backed by the BJP, the party leaders are into huddle to ensure BJP’s backed RS nominees win.
No wonder, senior party leaders like party general secretary Dr Anil Jain and vice-president Purushottam Rupala are camping in Lucknow for the past a few days.