Akhilesh re-elected SP president for next 5 years

Marie Harrington
October 6, 2017

As Akhilesh Yadav keeps the reins of Samajwadi Party with him for the next five years, it is clear that the 2019 Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in 2022 will be held under his presidentship.

It is a measure of the guile that former U.P. chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has acquired from his father Mulayam Singh Yadav that he has completely outmanoeuvred his uncle Shivpal Yadav and settled the long-festering family feud in his own favour. The election will held during the party's 10th national convention on Thursday in Agra and Akhilesh is expected to win unopposed.

Earlier, the Samajwadi Party chief had a tenure of three years but the party constitution was amended to extend it to five years.

On this occasion, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee congratulated Akhilesh Yadav for being nominated the president of Samajwadi Party.

After his re-election as national president of the party, Akhilesh said that only SP had the "capability" to "take on" the BJP in Uttar Pradesh as well as in the country. "Business has come to a standstill, inflation is rising and traders are in a state of mental shock", he said.

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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. The two had also stayed away from SP's state executive meeting in Lucknow where Akhilesh loyalist Naresh Uttam was unanimously re-elected as the state party president on 23 September. "Congratulations to Akhilesh, heartfelt good wishes and blessings to him", Shivpal Yadav tweeted soon after the announcement.

According to the sources, during the meet, former Chief Minister and incumbent Party chief, Akhilesh Yadav is likely to be re-elected as the party chief.

However, SP, which had forged an alliance with the Congress to contest the assembly election 2017, was reduced to only 50 odd seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the poll bagging 325 out of the 403 seats.

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.

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