Samajwadi Party elects Akhilesh Yadav as national president

Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday met his father Mulayam Singh Yadav

In what was seen as a political coup at the time, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was elected as the party's national president, replacing his father and party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in January.

However, the Election Commission recognised Akhilesh Yadav as the leader of the party allocating the Samajwadi Party election symbol "cycle" to him even as Mulayam Singh protested. He said that Akhilesh would leave for Agra from Lucknow by road in the morning and party workers will welcome him on the way.

Samajwadi Party has reelected Akhilesh Yadav as its President for next five years.

The party had witnessed a bitter feud between Mr. Akhilesh and Mr. Shivpal and this infighting adversely affected the party in the Assembly polls earlier this year. "Demonetisation and GST have ruined the small traders and businessmen, " Akhilesh 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.

Much along the expected lines, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was today unanimously chosen as the party's national president for a five-year term. "He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also", Akhilesh said. Shivpal Yadav reportedly blessed Akhilesh Yadav.

The party was thought to be on the verge of a split after its dismal performance in the UP election, which saw it being reduced to 47 seats in the 403-member assembly amid a BJP sweep. He later also telephonically spoke to his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday evening, after nine months, to invite him for the party meet.

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