Akhilesh meets Mulayam, resolution on the cards

Aparna Parekh
New Delhi: SP party supremo Mulayam Singh leaves for the Election Commission, at his residence in New Delhi on Monday.  PTI Photo

New Delhi: SP party supremo Mulayam Singh leaves for the Election Commission, at his residence in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

A day after Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav named his son Akhilesh Yadav as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Assembly polls, the father-son duo met for over an hour and a half to bring an end to the family feud.

The 90-minute one-to-one meeting took place at Mulayam’s residence on Tuesday morning. Sources revealed that Mulayam loyalists Shivpal Yadav and Amar Singh were not present at the meeting.

However, both factions stayed mum post the meet. Akhilesh walked back to his Chief Minister’s residence without responding to media questions.

Reports say that the father-son meeting meet only came about after Mulayam’s climbdown in naming Akhilesh, the chief ministerial candidate.

“Akhilesh will be the Chief Minister after the election, there is no confusion about it,” Mulayam had said on Monday.

The last such meeting between the father and son last week had failed to end the impasse in the party.

Things turned for the worse when Mulayam suspended the sitting chief minister Akhilesh and his loyalist uncle Ramgopal Yadav from the party. Even though the decision was revoked in a day, it set off a chain reaction.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and newly unanimously elected party's national president Akhilesh Yadav with his supporters during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow  Photo-PTI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and newly unanimously elected party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav with his supporters during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow on January 1, 2017.
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In a tit-for-tat move Ramgopal Yadav called a party convention where Akhilesh was crowned as the national president of the party and Mulayam named only a party patron. As expected, the Mulayam camp rejected Akhilesh as the new party chief and declared the convention called by Ram Gopal Yadav as unconstitutional, citing his earlier expulsion.

On Monday, Mulayam blamed the rift within the party on ‘one person’.

“There is no rift between me and my son Akhilesh Yadav. My son is being provoked by one person,” Mulayam had said.

He also sought Ramgopal’s expulsion from the Upper House of Parliament. He wrote to Rajya Sabha chairman Md. Hamid Ansari to remove Ramgopal Yadav as the parliamentary party leader of the Samajwadi Party.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Ramgopal Yadav had accused Mulayam of being influenced by 4-6 people.

As of now both are factions are engaged in a fight for the party symbol – the cycle. The Election Commission will come out with its decision on January, 13.

On Monday, Mulayam made a trip to the Election Commission along with his brother Shivpal Singh and his loyalist Amar Singh to stake claim to the cycle symbol.

Earlier, the Akhilesh camp too made the trip with six boxes of documents to prove that Akhilesh commands the loyalty of most party leaders and lawmakers.

Uttar Pradesh goes to polls next month on February 11.

(With inputs from PTI)

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