Akhilesh Yadav likely to be re-elected as SP's national president

Katrina Barker
October 6, 2017

Amid indications of renewed attempts for truce in the family Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Akhilesh Yadav was on Thursday unanimously re-elected the national president of the party at its forthcoming national convention in Agra.

He has to decide who is his prime enemy - his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, whom he toppled from the post of national president, his uncle Shivpal Yadav whom he marginalised or Prime Minister Narendra Modi, " quipped a senior SP leader, who had chose to stay away from the Agra convention. The election will held during the party's 10th national convention on Thursday in Agra and Akhilesh is expected to win unopposed. He said that Akhilesh would leave for Agra from Lucknow by road in the morning and party workers will welcome him on the way.

The party had witnessed a bitter feud between Mr. Akhilesh and Mr. Shivpal and this infighting adversely affected the party in the Assembly polls earlier this year.

Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power both in UP and at the centre, Akhilesh Yadav criticized key policy decisions of the Central government. "Business has come to a standstill, inflation is rising and traders are in a state of mental shock", he said. "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.

Both Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Yadav skipped the event which saw the presence of senior leaders Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan, Kironmay Nanda, Naresh Agarwal, Dimple Yadav and Jaya Bachchan. "He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also", he said.

As the party shift gears in terms of leadership, its new leader Akhilesh is likely to don a new aggressive avatar and seek greater visibility in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Once again the party founder and mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav missed the event.

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