In a swift change of events, Samajwadi Party is split in two with Akhilesh Yadav declared as party president at the national convention in Lucknow on Sunday, despite protests as “unconstitutional” by supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his camp.
Soon after the development, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav said party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav will continue to be the “Marg Darshak” of the Samajwadi Party and another major outcome was the expulsion of Amar Singh.
Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Yadav has been removed as state president at the convention where Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav were not present.
Despite Mulayam Singh Yadav’s warning not to attend the rival convention, the supporters behind Akhilesh Yadav have shown the party veterans that Akhilesh enoys the real support and that the old guard will have to move out.
Soon after the convention, Akhilesh Yadav proposed 68 more MLA candidates to his 200+ list he had sent to his father and party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.
With this, Samajwadi Party brings to stage another family feud public similar to the one when late AP Chief Minister was ousted by his son-in-law N. Chandrababu Naidu in 1995 as part of the Telugu Desam internal politics.
With his detrctors out, Akhilesh yadav is gambling upon his own charisma to win the Assembly elections while his support base among the youth is likely to propel him back to the seat of power in this year’s most awaited elections to the largest state in the country.
Akhilesh Yadav is likely to seek alliance with Congress and RJD but both the parties are waiting and watching to decide which side to jump just before the elections. As the sitting Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhiles Yadav enjoys the power strings but will he transform it into vote bank or not will be clear during the elections.