Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today held a meeting with the party's unsuccessful Lok Sabha nominees to find out the cause of its dismal performance in Uttar Pradesh, where it bagged only five of 80 seats.
At the meeting, also attended by UP Chief Minister and party's state unit president Akhilesh Yadav, the SP candidates have been asked to give in writing if they had any problem in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls.
“They tried to know what went wrong...,” UP minister Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh, who himself lost from the Kaisergan seat, told reporters here.
Another candidate Atiq Ahmad, who lost from the Sharavasti seat, said the leadership wanted to know the problems for which the party faced such a defeat.
Both Singh and Ahmad, when asked whether someone would owe the responsibility for the party's defeat, said that there were no such talks in the meeting, which was restricted to knowing the ground reality.
During the meeting, sources said, a number of candidates rued the lack of coordination among party functionaries, while some complained about the role played by some police and administration officers.