Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday morning, with his supporters declaring him party chief in place of his father Mulayam Singh. At a meeting of about 5,000 Samajwadi Party leaders and workers at a big public ground in Lucknow organised by Ram Gopal Yadav, the above decision was taken. Mulayam Singh hit back, calling the meet “unconstitutional” and expelling cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from the party. He has also called a national convention of the party on January 5.
Much of the party was at the national convention called by Akhilesh Yadav, cheering and shouting slogans. His uncle Ram Gopal Yadav said Akhilesh Yadav would be the new national president of the Samajwadi Party and proposed that Mulayam Singh should play the role of “chief mentor” in the party.
“The whole country should understand that I will respect Netaji (Mulayam Singh) more than ever…if people are conspiring against Netaji it is my duty to act against them,” Akhilesh Yadav said in a speech greeted with slogans of “Jai Akhilesh.” The Chief Minister said the Samajwadi Party had been steadily losing ground because some people’s machinations and he believed his father would “be the happiest” if the Samajwadi party returned to power in UP, where elections will be held soon.
The move had sent Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Yadav into a huddle and they met for the second time today at the SP chief’s residence after which he issued the statement calling the meeting by Akhilesh Yadav’s camp “illegal”. They had earlier met this morning before the convention after which Mulayam Singh had warned of “strict action” against those attending the big meet called by his son and Ram Gopal Yadav.