Akhilesh all set to marginalize Shivpal

Kristopher Drake
October 6, 2017

The Samajwadi Party's (SP's) rift came to a full circle on Thursday with its current party president, Akhilesh Yadav, being elected as the SP chief for the next five years, following a party vote at its 10th National Convention in Agra.

As per Prof Yadav, on Wednesday, the national executive of the party had proposed the name of Akhilesh Yadav as the national president for next five years.

Akhilesh Yadav's election was announced by party General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, who was also the election officer.

"I talked to him (Mulayam) yesterday and today also before coming to the convention".

Along with re-electing Akhilesh, the party is also expected to pass an amendment to its constitution, which would increase the terms of office-bearers from three to five years.

However, while Akhilesh was the cynosure of all eyes, his father and party founder Mulayam Singh was on everyone's lips.

The Samajwadi party later lost the elections during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in May as the BJP swept to power.

"I assure you that I will fulfil the responsibility given to me. In future if we have to do a big rally to take on the BJP we will do that too", Yadav said at the event. "He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me".

The fissures in the father-son relationship, however, remain as Mulayam Singh was conspicuously missing from the scene before the key party convention despite Akhilesh personally inviting him for the meet.

"Time is running out for SP chief Akhilesh Yadav".

Both Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Yadav did not turn up for the meeting at the CTO compound despite being invited though Akhilesh Yadav tried to play it down, saying he had the blessings of his father and uncle. This claim was however dismissed by the party patriarch on 25 September.

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