LUCKNOW: The debilitating dilemma of the crisis within Samajwadi Party boiled to a higher degree when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday was positioned as the party chief, a position that has been clasped by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav for decades.
The party leaders unanimously elected Akhilesh to lead Samajwadi Party, at the party’s national executive meeting convened by national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav today.
The decision was termed as “unconstitutional” by Mulayam and has once again expelled Ramgopal from the party for six years. Party vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda and state general secretary Naresh Agarwal were also expelled for attending the meeting.
Just after being bestowed the title of the national president of the party, Akhilesh said his respect for his father was more than ever and that he would stand against those conspiring against the party. “Those who conspired against the party, damaged it and also posed problems before the national president…should know that my respect for the national president (Mulayam Singh) will be more than before,” the chief minister said.
“…People might raise questions and level allegations but I said this before and say it again that as his son if there is any conspiracy against the party and him it is my duty to stand against them,” he said.
“I had said that I was ready to step down as state unit president earlier too… He had made me the CM and gave me a chance to work…,” he said.
Akhilesh first decision as party chief was to replace his uncle Shivpal Yadav as SP’s state president by appointing Naresh Utam to the post. Separate resolutions were also moved by Ramgopal at the convention to expel Amar Singh and remove Shivpal from the post. Stung by the developments, Mulayam issued a strongly-worded letter against his cousin brother Ramgopal. “The parliamentary board of the party declares all the proposals, decisions and the convention itself illegal and expels Ramgopal, who convened the convention, for six years,” he said in the letter. Akhilesh supporters also laid seize to the party headquarters in Lucknow and forcibly removed Shivpal’s nameplate outside his office.
On Saturday, Akhilesh, in a show of strength, met 200 of the party’s 229 MLAs at his residence just a day after he was expelled along with his uncle Ramgopal from the party. In what was seen as an act of defiance, Akhilesh released a parallel candidates list for contesting in the upcoming state assembly polls soon after Mulayam announced his. The expulsion order was revoked within 24 hours and both were reinducted into SP.