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            DECLARE
INDRAJEET SAROJ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       35
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DAYS
(SOCIAL WELFARE MINISTER, UP)
BSP MANJHANPUR (SC)
   ,
                                            UTTAR PRADESH, PUNJAB, UTTARAKHAND, MANIPUR, GOA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TO GO
TOTAL ASSETS                                JAN-FEB-MAR     NEW DELHI I TUESDAY I JANUARY 31 I 2012 I PAGE 9
Rs 2.17 crore


                                                 Family politics takes root in BSP
(SELF RS 74 LAKH, WIFE RS 1.35 CRORE,
DAUGHTER RS 8 LAKH)
IMMOVABLE ASSETS
Rs 1.41 crore
(SELF RS 58 LAKH, WIFE RS 83 LAKH)
AGRICULTURAL LAND
Self Rs 6 lakh, wife Rs 14 lakh, plots in
Kaushambi                                              SANJAY SINGH
                                                  LUCKNOW, JANUARY 30                                                                                                       ALL IN THE                                mashankar Tiwari is the MP from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sant Kabir Nagar and Vinayshankar

                                                                                                                                                                            FAMILY
NON-AGRICULTURAL LAND




                                            T
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tiwari is the BSP nominee for Bansi.
Self Rs 37 lakh (plot in Ghaziabad);                   HE CULTURE of family                                                                                                                                              Rajya Sabha MP Kishore, BSP
wife Rs 24 lakh (plot in Allahabad)
                                                       politics, associated most                                                                                           THE MAURYAS                                coordinator, has got his son the ticket
RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY                                   often with the Congress                                                                                                                                        to Kasta, a reserved seat. His wife is
                                                                                                                                                                           SWAMI PRASAD MAURYA (minister)
Self Rs 15 lakh (Kaushambi);                           but followed with equal                                                                                            from Padaurana                              chairperson of the zila panchayat
wife Rs 18 lakh (house in Allahabad),       fervour by other parties, national                                                                                                                                        committee in Kheri. Jugul Kishore is
Rs 7 lakh (plot in Allahabad), Rs 20 lakh                                                                                                                                UTAKRISHTHA (son) from Unchahar
                                            and local, has caught on with the                                                                                                                                         considered one of the most powerful
(1,497 sq ft flat in Lucknow)                                                                                                                                            SANGHAMITRA (daughter) from Aliganj
                                            BSP as never before.                                                                                                                                                      coordinators and handles the party’s
MOVABLE ASSETS                                  This was not the way BSP founder                                                                                         THE UPADHYAYS                                affairs in more than 100 seats.
Rs 76 lakh                                  Kanshiram had envisaged the party,                                                                                        RAMVIR UPADHYAY (minister) from                    There are also instances of the
(Self Rs 16 lakh, wife Rs 52 lakh,          say those who had worked with him.                                                                                       Sikandara Rau                                    party having obliged a few sitting
daughter Rs 8 lakh)                         “Very few persons know about Kan-                                                                                                                                         MLAs by fielding their sons after
                                                                                                                                                                     VINOD (brother) from Dibai
CASH IN HAND: Self Rs 24,445,               shiram’s family members. He used to                                                                                                                                       denying them party tickets. One is
                                            tell his party cadres that they are his                                                                                 SEEMA (wife) is an MP                             Saidpur MLA Dinanath Pandey’s
wife Rs 38,154, daughter Rs 2.3 lakh
                                            family,” said a leader.                                                                                                Brother MUKUL is an MLC                            son Manish Pandey, nominated from
BANK DEPOSITS: Self Rs 15 lakh, wife
Rs 24 lakh, daughter Rs 5.6 lakh                The current trend began to pick                                                                                    MPs & KIN                                          Jangipur. Pandey, over 70, had re-
DEPOSITS: Wife Rs 10 lakh                   up in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections                                                                                     BRIJESH PATHAK’s wife NAMRATA from Unnao;          portedly requested the leadership to
                                            when relatives of several leaders                                                                                      his brother-in-law Arvind Tripathi is an MLC       accommodate his son in his place.
LOAN GIVEN: Wife Rs 15 lakh (to Saroj)
                                            jumped into the fray. This time, BSP                                                                                   JUGUL KISHORE’s son SAURABH from Kasta;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “He cited health grounds. Saidpur
GOLD: Wife Rs 2 lakh                        state president and Panchayati Raj                                                                                                                                        seat has become reserved and the
ARMS: Self a pistol and a DBBL rifle:                                                                                                                               Saurabh’s mother heads zilla parishad
                                            Minister Swami Prasad Maurya, the                                                                                                                                         party decided nominated his son
wife a rifle and a revolver                                                                                                                                          BHISMASHANKAR TIWARI’s brother
                                                                                        C R SASIKUMAR




                                            party’s new OBC face, leads the                                                                                          VINAYSHANKAR from Bansi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from Jangipur,” a party source said.
LIABILITIES                                 pack. He has launched his first exper-                                                                                                                                       The party has denied a ticket to its
Self Rs 35 lakh;                            iment with dynastic politics by fielding                                                                                  KAISER JAHAN’s husband JASMIR ANSARI            coordinator Ram Achal Rajbhar,
wife Rs 41 lakh                                                                                                                                                        is contesting
                                            his daughter and his son.                                                                                                                                                 too, but given his son Sanjay the Ak-
                                                It was former family welfare min-                                                                                                                                     bar seat in Ambedkar Nagar. Former

BALLOTIN                                    ister Babu Singh Kushwaha who
                                            used to be the party’s OBC face.
                                                                                          Other leaders in “BSP families”
                                                                                       include Power Minister Ramvir
                                                                                                                                a powerful “political family” in west-
                                                                                                                                ern UP. In 2009, he got his wife Seema
                                                                                                                                                                           privilege of promoting his family in
                                                                                                                                                                           politics. His brother-in-law Arvind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      health minister Anant Mishra’s wife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shikha is the candidate from Ma-
                                            Since Kushwaha’s expulsion, Mau-           Upadhyay and his brother Vinod.          Upadhyay elected MP from Fatehpur          Tripathi entered the Legislative           harajganj in Kanpur. A close relative
EC rejects 2 Cong                           rya;s stock has grown in the party. He     MPs Rakesh Pandey from Amded-            Sikri. Then one of his brothers,           Council in 2010. Now he has secured a      of BSP general secretary Satish
nominations                                 has now got his son Utakrishtha
                                            fielded from from Unchahar in Rae
                                                                                       kar Nagar, Bhimshankar Tiwari from
                                                                                       Sant Kabir Nagar and Kaiser Jahan
                                                                                                                                Mukul Upadhyay, was elected to the
                                                                                                                                Legislative Council in 2010. This
                                                                                                                                                                           ticket for his wife from Unnao seat.
                                                                                                                                                                           Namrata Pathak is also a member of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chandra Mishra, Anant could not be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      given a ticket after he resigned in the
LUCKNOW: Two key Congress candi-            Bareli, and his daughter Sanghami-         from Sitapur have, respectively, their   time, brother Vinod will contest from      the State Women’s Commission.              wake of NRHM scam.
dates, Vijay Gond from Dudhi (re-           tra Maurya from Aliganj. He himself        son Ritesh Pandey, brother Vinay         Dibai in Bulandshahr district. The         Pathak himself played a key role in           PWD Minister Naseemuddin
served) and B L Verma from Mungra           is the BSP nominee from Padarauna          Shankar Tiwari and husband Jasmir        minister, a three-time MLA from            the BSP’s successful “social engineer-     Siddiqui’s wife Husna Siddiqui is a
Badshahpur, had their nominations           seat in Kushinagar. In Aliganj, Sang-      Ansari contesting. Among Rajya           Hathras, is now contesting from            ing” formula in the last polls.            member of the Legislative Council.
cancelled on the last day of filing nomi-   hamitra replaces former minister           Sabha members, Brijesh Pathak has        Sikandara Rau in Mahamaya Nagar                In eastern UP, controversial leader    Several of general secretary Satish
nations. Sources cited a controversy        Awadh Pal Singh Yadav, whom Chief          his wife Namrata in the fray while       district after delimitation turned his     Harishankar Tiwari has avoided get-        Mishra’s relatives, including MLC
with Gond's caste certificate. Gonds        Minister Mayawati dropped after his        Jugul Kishore has his son Saurabh.       earlier seat into a reserved one.          ting directly associated with the BSP      Gopal Narayan Mishra, enjoy key
are considered a Scheduled Tribe in         indictment by Lokayukta.                      Power Minister Upadhyay heads            Brijesh Pathak, too, enjoys the         but his two sons are in the party. Bhis-   posts in the current government.
Sonbhadra, where his seat falls, but a
Scheduled Caste in Lucknow, where he
has shown himself as a residen. Gond
had submitted an SC certificate.
Verma’s nomination was cancelled as
                                                                                                                                                   PUNCH                                          Four major parties,
                                                                                                                                                   LINE
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1,500+ candidates,
he hasn’t quit as a government doctor.


Needn’t be with BJP
everywhere: Nitish                                                                                                                  MULAYAM MUDDLE                                                  just 137 women
GOPALGANJ: Bihar Chief Minister Ni-                                                                                                 GOVERNMENT JOBS WILL BE GIVEN                                  RAVISH TIWARI
tish Kumar has sought to downplay                                                                                                   TO RAPE VICTIMS OR ONE OF THEIR                           NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WOMANPOWER
the absence of a pre-poll tie-up in UP                                                                                              FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE STATE                                                               PARTY 2012                2007       MLAs
between Bihar allies JD(U) and BJP “It
                                    .                                                                                                                                                       WOMEN constitute less             BSP     26                  14         10
                                                                                                                                    MULAYAM SINGH YADAV, Sunday
is not always necessary for the BJP and                                                                                                                                                     than a tenth of the candi-        SP      36                  27          5
the JD(U) to contest all polls together,”                                                                                                                                                   dates fielded in UP by the        BJP     42                  34          5
Kumar said. He later flew to UP to                                                                                                  THIS IS WEIRD THINKING... WE                            four political majors — the       Cong    33                  36          1
campaign for the JD(U) candidates.                                                                                                  SHOULD HELP RAPE VICTIMS, BUT                           BSP, the Samajwadi Party,         RLD      3                  15          1
                                                                                                                                                                                            the Congress and the BJP.
                                                                                                                                    NOT (WITH SUCH AN OFFER)... WE                                                            RLD in alliance with Cong in 2012,

Sonia and family                                                                                                                    HAVE LAWS
                                                                                                                                                                                            And each of them has been
                                                                                                                                                                                            expressing support for 33
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fought independently in 2007



headed for UP                                                                                                                       KRISHNA TIRATH, WCD Minister                            per cent reservation for
                                                                                                                                                                                            women in legislatures across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cess in the UP elections,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              which may be one of the rea-
NEW DELHI: Congress president So-                                                                                                   ACCORDING TO SUPREME COURT                              the country — the latter two      sons that parties are so reluc-
nia Gandhi will address rallies at UP's                                                                                                                                                     unequivocally, the first two      tant to field them.
Deoria and Gonda on February 1. The                                                                                                 GUIDELINES, THE IDENTITY OF RAPE                        with ifs and buts.                    Of the 370 women con-
next day, Rahul Gandhi will share the                                                                                               VICTIMS CANNOT BE DISCLOSED.                                The BSP and the SP’s sup-     testants (all parties) in the
dais with Ajit Singh in Meerut, the first                                                                                           DIGVIJAYA SINGH, Congress                               port to women’s reservation       2007 elections, for instance,
joint rally of the Congress and the RLD.                                                                                                                                                    has been nuanced in that they     of as many as 305, a stagger-
Party sources said Priyanka Gandhi too                                                                                                                                                      insist on a sub-quota for         ing 82 per cent, had gone on
is likely to begin the party's election                                                                                             IF THE BJP IS VOTED TO POWER, IT                        SC/STs, OBC and minorities        to forfeit their deposits. And
campaign in the family pocket bor-                                                                                                  WILL MAKE PROVISIONS FOR                                within the 33 per cent.           only 23, or just over 6 per
oughs of Rae Bareli and Amethi the                                                                                                  CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR RAPISTS                              The BSP and the SP are        cent, had got elected.
same day.                                                                                                                                                                                   contesting all 403 seats in           Incidentally, the number
                                                                                                                                    AS A DETERRENT                                          UP, while the Congress is         of women candidates fielded
                                                                                                                                    UMA BHARTI, BJP
Digvijaya writes off                                                                                                                                                                        contesting 357 and the BJP
                                                                                                                                                                                            399. Only 137 of these 1,500-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by the four parties put to-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gether is higher than that
BSP and BJP                                                                                                                         WE SPOKE ABOUT JUSTICE TO RAPE                          plus candidates are women.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Party-wise, the BJP has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              they fielded in the last elec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tions. In 2007, the Congress
BHOPAL: Congress general secretary                                                                                                  VICTIMS. THIS (PROVIDING JOBS TO                        fielded the largest number of     had fielded more women
Digvijays Singh says his party and the                                                                                              THEM) HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE                             women, 42, followed by the        than now, the BJP had
Samajwadi Party are the two main                                                                                                    STATEMENT                                               SP’s 36 and the Congress’s        fielded less (it contested only
contenders in Uttar Pradesh, as the rul-                                                                                                                                                    33 (its ally RLD has three).      350 of the 403 seats). The SP
                                                                                                                                    MULAYAM SINGH YADAV, Monday
ing “BSP is involved in corruption,                                                                                                                                                         Mayawati’s BSP has nomi-          has improved from its 27 last
while the BJP is nowhere in the pic-                                                                                                                                                        nated only 26 women.              time, while the BSP’s 26 rep-
ture.” The Congress is going to form                                                                                                Mulayam Singh Yadav at an election                          Over the years, women         resents a big jump from its
the government, he predicted.                                                                                                       programme in Varanasi. PTI                              have not enjoyed much suc-        previous 14.




              Flip-flop on elephant ownership puts BSP on notice
             RAVISH TIWARI                  covering elephant statues in gov-          the BSP; party general secretary                                                                                               proceedings can be initiated
       NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30                ernment parks ahead of the elec-           Satish Mishra in November called                                                                                               against the BSP only if he can bring
                                            tions, it admitted it was indeed the       it politically motivated; the EC                                                                                               to notice “specific cases of breach”


O
          VER two years ago, a peti-        party that had erected them.               then sought Kadyan’s response.                                                                                                 of the EC condition that no cruelty
          tion to the Election Com-             In between, the Ministry of En-        “We have replied to the points                                                                                                 should be meted out to the animal.
          mission, eventually dis-          vironment and Forests declared the         raised by the BSP,” says Kadyan.                                                                                               The EC has served notices to four
missed, had sought a freeze on the          elephant a national heritage ani-              The EC has taken note of                                                                                                   political parties that use the ele-
BSP’s election symbol because of            mal. This was on October 21, 2010,         Mishra’s reaction to the covering                                                                                              phant as their symbol — and re-
the number of elephant statues be-          10 days after the EC had dismissed         of the statues. Calling it “one-                                                                                               minded the BSP about it — to
ing erected in UP.                          the first petition, filed in 2009.         sided, discriminatory, opposed to                                                                                              avoid cruelty and live demonstra-
   Now, the EC has warned the BSP               The heritage status was the            law”, Mishra said the BSP should                                                                                               tions with the animal.
that it may take a fresh look at that       ground cited in the new petition,          have been given a chance before                                                                                                    “We are keeping a watch
decision. A new petition has cited          filed in August 2011. “We filed the        the EC issued the order to cover                                                                                               whether BSP candidates use live
another ground in seeking a similar         petition as the elephant is a na-          the “statues erected by the BSP”.                                                                                              elephant performances during the
freeze. And what has put the BSP on         tional heritage animal and also to             “In view of the present admis-                                                                                             campaigns. In fact, it was on my
the back foot is the way it has contra-     prevent cruelty against the animal         sion by your party that the statues                                                                                            complaint that some BSP candi-
dicted itself after it responded to         by candidates who, in the past,            were established by your party, the                                                                                            dates in Haryana were restricted
that first petition and to the events       have been found using live ele-            Commission may have to relook at                                                                                               from using elephants after they
that have taken place since.                phants on campaign,” says Naresh           its earlier order dated 11th Octo-                                                                                             had booked elephants in 2005,”
   Following the first petition, the        Kadyan, who represents People for          ber 2010,” the Election Commis-                                                                                                says Kadyan.
BSP had said it was the govern-             Animals-Haryana and the Interna-           sion told Mishra this month.                                                                                                       Apart from waiting for the EC
ment, not the ruling party, that was        tional Organisation for Elephant               A similar petition by Kadyan                                                                                               order, “we will appeal against the
responsible for these construc-             Protection in India.                       has, however, fallen through in the                                                                                            High Court verdict in the Supreme
tions. But when the EC set about                The EC sought a response from          Delhi High Court. The court said         One of many such statues in the state.                                                Court”, he said.

				
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Description: New Delhi Over two years ago, a petition to the Election Commission, eventually dismissed, had sought a freeze on the BSP’s election symbol because of the number of elephant statues being erected in UP. Now, the EC has warned the BSP that it may take a fresh look at that decision. A new petition has cited another ground in seeking a similar freeze. And what has put the BSP on the back foot is the way it has contradicted itself after it responded to that first petition and to the events that have taken place since. Following the first petition, the BSP had said it was the government, not the ruling party, that was responsible for these constructions. But when the EC set about covering elephant statues in government parks ahead of the elections, it admitted it was indeed the party that had erected them. In between, the Ministry of Environment and Forests declared the elephant a national heritage animal. This was on October 21, 2010, 10 days after the EC had dismissed the first petition, filed in 2009. The heritage status was the ground cited in the new petition, filed in August 2011. “We filed the petition as the elephant is a national heritage animal and also to prevent cruelty against the animal by candidates who, in the past, have been found using live elephants on campaign,” says Naresh Kadyan, who represents People for Animals-Haryana and the International Organisation for Elephant Protection in India. The EC sought a response from the BSP; party general secretary Satish Mishra in November called it politically motivated; the EC then sought Kadyan’s response. “We have replied to the points raised by the BSP,” says Kadyan. The EC has taken note of Mishra’s reaction to the covering of the statues. Calling it “one-sided, discriminatory, opposed to law”, Mishra said the BSP should have been given a chance before the EC issued the order to cover the “statues erected by the BSP”. “In view of the present admission by your party that the statues were established by