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

Posted October 06, 2017

The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday unanimously re-elected Akhilesh Yadav as national president for a period of five years.

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 Samajwadi Party announces the election of Akhilesh Yadav as its national president on Thursday at party's national convention at Agra. At a press conference on Wednesday in Agra, Akhilesh said, "Sometimes my age and relation works to my advantage. He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also", he said.

The announcement comes as a sign of a possible burying of differences between Shivpal and his nephew that once threatened to split the party.

On the inaugural day, SP president Akhilesh Yadav will brief leaders about the party's agenda. But, he didn't attend the national convention. "I talked to him today and he said my blessing is with you and you also bless Akhilesh", Nanda said.

"I want to tell you that at a meeting in 1992, I was crying and "netaji" (Mulayam) told me that it was not the time to do so and he should be ready for the fight", he said. Sources say Mulayam was willing to attend, but has remained in Lucknow due to health issues. The Samajwadi Party patriarch and brother Shivpal had earlier skipped the party's state executive meeting in Lucknow on September 23.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also attacked the Goods and Service Tax (GST), claiming that it has adversely affected the traders.

Sources told ThePrint that the call was part of ongoing efforts to reunite the warring Yadav parivar, which are being spearheaded by party founder and Akhilesh's father Mulayam Singh Yadav.