Akhilesh’s re-election tops agenda of SP national meet

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav waves at an election rally

File photo of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav waves at an election rally

Akhilesh Yadav is set to be re-elected as the chief of Samajwadi Party in party’s National Convention, its top meet, on Thursday. Ahead of the SP’s 10th national convention, party’s top brass assembled today for the national executive meeting which will set the tone for deliberations.

Besides election for the post of the SP national president and amendment of party’s constitution to extend the tenure of the party chief, the other highlights of the meetings will be passage of political and economic resolutions, SP sources said.

At the high profile meeting, the party will amend its constitution extending national president’s tenure to five years, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said.

If Akhilesh remains at the helm for five years, Samajwadi Party will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in 2022 under his leadership.

The state president’s tenure has already been extended by a similar period by the state executive and Naresh Uttam was unanimously re-elected to the post for five years.

However, Akhilesh’s father and party patriarch Mulayam Singh and his uncle Shivpal Yadav were conspicuous by their absence at the state meet in Lucknow on September 23.

All eyes will be on whether Mulayam Singh Yadav attends the event, especially in the light of his son Akhilesh meeting him personally in Lucknow last week to extend an invitation.

Akhilesh, who is involved in a feud with Shivpal Yadav just ahead of UP assembly polls early this year, had recently dropped enough hints that there was no likelihood of any reconciliation with his warring uncle when he cautioned partymen to beware of “fake samajwadis”.

“Beware of ‘banawti’ (fake) samajwadis. They have tried to stop the samajwadi andolan (socialist movement) many times. They succeeded in one conspiracy as a result of which we could not form government again in the state,” he had told his party workers.

“But it has opened the eyes of samajwadis. Now they will not succeed,” he went to add in an apparent attack on Shivpal, though he did not take his name.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and party's UP presiddent Shivpal Singh Yadav during announcement of the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years, in Lucknow

FIle photo of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav with his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav. Photo – PTI

Mulayam Singh too, on his part had “blessed” Akhilesh, saying, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions.”

“Baap bete me kab tak matbhed rah sakta hai, koi nahi keh sakta” (No one can say for sure how long differences will remain between father and son),” he had said.

He had also ruled out forming any new party “as of now”, putting a lid on speculation that ahead of the SP national executive meeting he could part ways with the party he had formed 25 years ago amid the continuing battle for supremacy in the party.

Both Mulayam and Shivpal have been sidelined by Akhilesh ever since he snatched the crown of SP chief from his father at the party’s national convention here on January 1.

The key Lok Sabha by-elections to be held in Gorakhpur and Phulpur (the seats vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya) will give the SP a chance to gauge which way the wind is blowing months after it faced a rout in the Assembly polls.

(With inputs from PTI)