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Friday, October 21, 2016

Yadav vs Yadav in Samajwadi Party

Akhilesh Yadav did not attend a meeting of district and city-level leaders called by his uncle over the SP's silver-jubilee celebrations scheduled for November 5. He summoned the same participants later at his residence.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav fixed a defiant posture throughout the day towards his party's leadership as he pushed his own agenda separately, over and above his uncle and state SP president Shivpal Yadav's.

Given the wave of speculations about an imminent split in the state's governing party, the CM was expected to turn up at a meeting of district and city-level leaders called by his uncle over the SP's silver-jubilee celebrations scheduled for November 5.

However, he didn't turn up for the meeting and summoned the same participants to his 5-Kalidas Marg residence in the evening to advise them to make preparations for his state-wide Rath Yatra starting November 3.

According to sources, the CM also fixed a meeting of party MLAs and MLCs for Sunday, sandwiched between Saturday's state executive meet convened by his uncle and a gathering of all SP lawmakers called for Monday by his father Mulayam Yadav.

On Friday, in their separate meetings with the Samajwadi Party's district and city presidents, both the CM and his uncle, however, sought to downplay their differences with each other.

Shivpal Yadav told the SP leaders that his nephew would remain the party's chief ministerial candidate in assembly elections due next year.

"No post is important for me," a senior Samajwadi Party office-bearer quoted Shivpal Yadav as having told the district and city presidents. "I can sacrifice anything for the party. If you all pass a resolution for me to quit my post, I will without any delay." When the same participants met the chief minister later, the CM hinted he might take the time out from his Rath Yatra to attend the November 5 rally.

"We'll try to make some adjustment," a party source quoted Akhilesh Yadav as saying.
The central focus of the CM's conversation with his party's district and city chiefs, nevertheless, stayed on his own Rath Yatra. He told them to work hard to make his program a success.

In his meeting though, Shivpal Yadav stressed the importance of the party rally planned for the November 5 anniversary celebrations in Lucknow.

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