Akhilesh re-elected SP chief for 5-yr term

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Oct 2017 08:21:21



By Abhinav Pandey,


Akhilesh had personally invited his father for the national convention but Mulayam and Shivpal both gave a miss to the event

AKHILESH Yadav was on Thursday unanimously re-elected as the Samajwadi Party’s national president for a five-year term, further consolidating his grip over the party after sidelining his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav.

His re-election was announced by the senior SP leader Ram
Gopal Yadav at the SP national convention here. The party’s constitution was amended to extend the tenure of the party chief to five years from the existing three years.
Now that 44-year-old Akhilesh will remain at the helm for five years, the 2019 Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in 2022 will be held under his presidentship. The State President’s tenure has already been extended by a similar period by the state executive and Naresh Uttam was unanimously re-elected to the post for five years.

Both Mulayam and Shivpal gave a miss to the SP event just as they had stayed away from the state executive meeting of the party in Lucknow on September 23. Akhilesh had personally invited his father for the national convention.
In his address the former UP Chief Minister said, “I requested ‘netaji’ (Mulayam) to attend the convention. Everyone would have liked it (his presence).

“I talked to him yesterday and today also before coming to the convention. I told him that it a big convention and amendments in the party constitution will
also be passed and without your blessings the party cannot progress,” he said. Akhilesh said Mulayam, “has given blessings to all of us” over phone and wished that the party is strengthened in UP and throughout the country.

Apparently to send a message of all-is-well in the Yadav clan, Akhilesh had on Wednesday said that his estranged uncle Shivpal blessed and congratulated him
over telephone. As he was addressing a press conference a day ahead of his party’s national convention here, the former UP Chief Minister was asked about reports that his uncle had called him up.

“I got the benefit of my age and our relation. He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also,” Akhilesh said. The SP had witnessed a bitter feud between Akhilesh and Shivpal and this infighting adversely affected the party during the UP Assembly polls earlier this year.
Akhilesh, who is involved in a bitter feud with Shivpal, had recently dropped enough hints that there was no likelihood of any reconciliation with his warring uncle when he cautioned partymen to beware of “fake samajwadis”.

“But it has opened the eyes of samajwadis. Now they will not succeed,” he had recently said in Lucknow in an apparent attack on Shivpal, though he did not take his name. Akhilesh has maintained that he enjoyed the blessings of his 77-year-old father, and Mulayam on his part corroborated it days later saying, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions.” “Baap bete me kab tak matbhed rah sakta hai, koi nahi keh sakta” (No one can say for sure how long differences will remain between father and son),” he had said.

Mulayam had ruled out forming any new party “as of now”, putting a lid on speculation that he could part ways with the party he had formed 25 years ago amid the continuing battle for supremacy in the party. Both Mulayam and Shivpal have been sidelined by Akhilesh ever since he snatched the crown of SP chief from his father at the party’s national convention here on January 1.

Mamata congratulates Akhilesh: WEST Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday congratulated former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on becoming national president of the Samajwadi Party (SP) for next five years.
“Congratulations and good wishes @yadavakhilesh on becoming national President of @samajwadiparty for next 5 years,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.