Akhilesh Yadav was unanimously re-elected as the Samajwadi Party’s national president for a five-year term. The move is set to further consolidate his grip over the party after sidelining his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uncle Shivpal Yadav.
The announcement was made by senior party leader and Akhilesh Yadav’s aide Ram Gopal Yadav.
The party chose to amend their constitution by extending the tenure of a party chief from the existing provision of three years to five years. The Samajwadi Party will contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election in 2022 under Akhilesh Yadav’s leadership.
Both the senior leaders Mr. Mulayam and Mr. Shivpal chose to stay away from the event in the same manner as they skipped the State executive meeting of the party in Lucknow on September 23.
Akhilesh Yadav was quick to react to all the floating speculations and made it clear that all’s well in the family. He expressed his joy of being congratulated by his uncle over a phone call.
The relationship between the two turned sour over the past few months and the party witnessed a bitter feud between Mr. Akhilesh and Mr. Shivpal which adversely affected the party in the Assembly polls earlier this year.
However, Akhilesh Yadav said, “Sometimes my age and relation works to my advantage. He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me.”
The situation reflects that Akhilesh is having the support of his father as Mulayam Yadav said-“My blessings are with him [Mr.Akhilesh) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions.”
A fallout between the two had threatened to split the party earlier this year. Shivpal had planned to form a secular front, headed by Mulayam. Shivpal’s “blessings” could be a sign of a thaw in relations.
-with inputs from The Hindu.