New Delhi: Amid speculation that SP may
field its national spokesperson Mohan Singh to one of two
Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh falling vacant, chances
of outgoing member Jaya Bachchan`s re-nomination appear dim.
Mohan Singh, who was earlier the party`s Lok Sabha MP
from Deoria, had been nominated as SP`s national spokesperson
earlier this year after the ouster of Amar Singh.
As he had lost from Deoria during last year`s Lok Sabha
elections, there are speculations within the party that Mohan
Singh could now be rehabilitated in Rajya Sabha considering he
is the party`s national spokesperson and also a general
However, due to depleted strength of the party in Uttar
Pradesh assembly, it is in a position to nominate only two
leaders to Rajya Sabha, from where seven of its sitting MPs
are retiring in July this year, including its MP from UP Jaya
Out of the two seats, while the party can directly
nominate one person, for the other seat its candidate will
require the support of Congress, party sources say.
In such a scenario, if Mohan Singh is nominated directly
from one seat, SP may face problems renominating Jaya Bachchan
as its second representative as Congress may not actually
appreciate the move, considering the not so good equations
between Congress leadership and Bachchan family.
Moreover party sources say that with all its seven seats
falling vacant from UP, it would like to look at some senior
party leaders, who have been harbouring ambitions of entering
Rajya Sabha. Currently SP has 11 Rajya Sabha MPs.
Officially, the SP leadership refused to comment on the
Rajya Sabha nominations and claimed that all is well between
the party and Jaya Bachchan.
"We don`t want to comment on who will be nominated. We
have to nominate two persons to Rajya Sabha and the party will
take a collective decision on this. The final decision will be
taken at the party`s Central Parliamentary Board meeting on
May 30," party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told agency.
When asked whether there were differences between the
party and Jaya Bachchan, considering her close links with
expelled party leader Amar Singh, Yadav said, "she is very
much with the party. There were never any differences between
us. Media keeps on speculating and spreads such theories."
Though her re-nomination hangs in suspension, Jaya had
chosen to remain with the SP when Amar Singh was expelled.