Akhilesh-Mulayam Discuss “Peace-Treaty” to save Samajwadi Party

UTTAR PRADESH:  Making an effort of a truce, Akhilesh Yadav and father Mulayam Singh Yadav are trying to keep their Samajwadi Party from cracking in two just ahead of the election in Uttar Pradesh.

After a deliberation of more than two hours, a peace treaty was discussed with these compromises: Mulayam Singh, who was replaced as party president on the weekend by his son, will reassume top boss role; Akhilesh Yadav will help decide the party’s candidates; and Shivpal Yadav, who is Mulayam Singh’s brother and a long-standing red flag for Akhilesh Yadav, will be granted a national role in party affairs, allowing the Chief Minister some more breathing space in Lucknow. However, as with all things Yadav recently, the health warning is that compromises have come unstuck with surprising alacrity.

Indicating that a truce should not be considered accomplished, Ram Gopal Yadav, who is the main mentor to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, said that their claim to use the party symbol of the cycle remains valid. Ram Gopal Yadav met with the Election Commission today to file ownership rights.

Yesterday, it was Mulayam Singh who made the same claim before the Election Commission. The symbol, familiar to voters for decades, is an incredibly valuable asset.The Election Commission could choose to suspend or freeze the party symbol and not allot it to either side if the Samajwadi Party splits.Today’s attempt at a reconciliation began with a phone call between Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh, who was in Delhi.

The call was brokered by Azam Khan, a senior Samajwadi Party leader, who also organised a weekend meeting between the Yadavs, though a compromise was not accomplished on that occasion. Mulayam Singh was then flown back to Lucknow on a chartered plane in the care of Gayatri Prajapati, a minister from Akhilesh Yadav’s government. Father and son then met privately, floating the hope that in the absence of aides with vested interests, they would be able to reconcile their differences.

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