Lucknow, January 3
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav reportedly losing his grip on the party as his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has tightened his grip. Hence he is going to meet Election Commission (EC), along with his brother Shivpal and Amar Singh at 4.30 on Tuesday.
Party national meeting called for by Mulayam and scheduled on January 5 was cancelled. Mulayam is planning to approach Supreme Court if needed and already landed in New Delhi.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh held a meeting with his loyalist MLAs to discuss future plan of action.
It is observed that the EC is likely to freeze the ‘bicycle’ symbol temporarily as it does not have enough time to verify the claim of either of the two factions of Samajwadi Party (Mulayam and Akhisles) as to which one is real. Campaigning is going on that separate symbols would be allotted to both the groups in the next elections.
Just as everyone felt that the rifts in Mulayam family had subsided, Akhilesh intensified his counter attack and targeted his father’s post. He seems to be currently in control of the party as the national president in place of his father.
Shivpal was suspended as the party state president and a new face was appointed in his place. Amar Singh was also expelled, making Mulayam group weaker. Mulayam’s followers are worried about its impact in the next elections.
Meanwhile, Shivpal Yadav supporters observed that Shivpal was being made the scapegoat in the entire Yadav Pariwar drama. It is being talked about that Akhilesh hatched a plan to sideline Shivpal for which he has his father’s indirect support also.
On the other hand, political rivals of SP are happy as the uncle-nephew fight snowballed into a fight between father and son. BJP and BSP are expecting that this rivalry may yield benefits to them.
But all eyes are concentrated on EC’s reaction. Akhilesh group is considering meeting the EC since it enjoys support of majority of MLAs.