Kanpur:Mulayam’s daughter-in-law and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ‘samdhin’ (daughter’s mother-in-law) Mridula Yadav on Wednesday filed her nomination for the block development council (BDC) member seat from ward no: 20 in Saifai.
Accompanied by her son and former Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap and her daughter-in-law Raj Lakshmi (Lalu Yadav’s daughter), Mridula reached the block office and filed her nomination papers for the post of block development council (BDC) member. Several Samajwadi Party leaders were present on the occasion.
Saifai block, which was constituted in 1994, always had a pramukh, who was a member or closely associated with the Yadav clan. The 55 BDC members from the Saifai panchayat elect a block chief and out of those 55 all are often BDC members of the Samajwadi Party.
For the first time, Ranveer Singh, son of Mulayam’s eldest brother Ratan Singh, was elected as the head of Saifai block.
Ranveer, was elected as the block head of Saifai in 2000 again. However, after his sudden demise in 2002, the responsibility of the block head of Saifai in 2003 was given to Dharmendra Yadav, son of Mulayam’s younger brother Abhayram Yadav.
Dharmenra vacated the seat a year later when he was elected as MP from Mainpuri in the 2004 Lok Sabha byelections as Mulayam vacated the seat after becoming the chief minister in 2003.
Thereafter. Mulayam’s close confidante Nathu Singh’s nephew Arvind Yadav remained as the block head till the responsibility was passed on to Ranvir’s son and Mulayam’s grandson Tej Pratap, who became the block pramukh in 2011.
He vacated the seat in 2014 after he was elected from the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat. Thereafter, Tej Pratap’s mother Mridula took over at the new pramukh of Saifai block.
To recall, Saifai block head seat was initially declared reserved under SC (women) category, but state election commission had recently announced fresh delimitation of the block and declared it reserved under OBC category.