Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav on January 2 deferred his faction’s national convention meet to be held on January 5. Without giving another date, he asked the candidates to head to their assembly constituencies and prepare for the coming elections.
While this was so, he said that he was going to the Election Commission to talk to the officials about the cycle symbol. Shivpal Yadav tweeted on January 2 that the two brothers could head to Delhi on January 2, where they are likely to meet Amar Singh, who was expelled from the SP by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The SP saw a political coup of sorts on January 1. Akhilesh was declared as national president at the party’s national convention held in Lucknow, attended by 5000 party leaders and workers, including MLAs, MPs and family members.¬†The convention was called by Akhilesh’s staunch supporter Ram Gopal Yadav where Shivpal Yadav was stripped of the state chief’ post and Amar Singh was sacked as national general secretary.
Without missing a beat, Akhilesh soon appointed Naresh Uttam, a veteran party leader as the state chief in place of Shivpal Yadav. Mulayam, who called the meeting¬†unconstitutional, was made the patron.
Meanwhile, Ram Gopal will visit the EC on January 2 to stake claim to the SP’s ‘cycle’ symbol. The Yadav senior too is likely to claim the symbol. Given that the UP assembly elections are round the corner, the EC may also freeze the ‘cycle’ symbol.
Tweeting on January 1 night, Akhilesh said, “Sometimes to protect the ones you love, you must make the right decision. What I did today was a tough decision but one that I had to take.” This was after doctors attended on Mulayam who complained of high blood pressure.