SP leaders demand removal of MP unit president

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Bhopal, Sep 9 (UNI) Expressing concern over mass exodus from the Madhya Pradesh unit of Samajwadi Party, several senior party leaders today demanded immediate removal of Narayan Tripathy from the post of state president.

They held Mr Tripathi responsible for the present crisis with many senior leaders including legislators leaving the party.

In a recent development, four SP legislators had submitted their resignation from the party and are set to join Congress while earlier another MLA quit SP to join the BJP. Besides, a number of senior leaders also left the party to join different political parites.

Addressing a press meet here today, Samajwadi Party's former Bhopal district president Shiv Kumar Yadav and former Bhopal city president Sayed Mujaddid Hassan said they had sent letters urging SP president Mualyam Singh Yadav to remove Mr Tripathy as the partymen were feeling neglected and exploited under the latter's leadership.

They apprehended that the party's existence in the state would be at stake if such exodus continued.

''We requested the party supremo to replace Mr Tripathy with some efficient person, who could revive the party on the eve of Assembly polls and send an observer, who can assess the situation and also can suggest the high command about suitable person for the post of president'', Mr Hassan said.

Mr Hassan alleged that Mr Tripathy had sent a list of candidates for the coming Assembly elections but most of them had criminal back ground.

''Mr Tripathy is working to tarnish the image of the party'', Mr Hassan alleged.

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