Akhilesh Yadav Gets Rein of Samajwadi Party For Another 5 Years

Posted October 06, 2017

Akhilesh Yadav has now made sure that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be contested under his leadership.

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh had earlier announced he wouldn't be part of the party convention at Agra where the announcement of his son Akhilesh as national president was announced.

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Akhilesh has been chosen as the party chief at a national meeting in Agra on Thursday.

During the meeting, the party members will be discussing the amendment of party's constitution to extend the tenure of the party chief to five years and passage of political and economic resolutions.

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Elected for five years, Akhilesh will be the final arbiter in ticket distribution for the next round of Lok Sabha and UP assembly polls. "Both Netaji (Mulayam) and Shivpal have given me their blessings, " Akhilesh said. Party's convention begun yesterday at Agra. "Demonetisation and GST have ruined the small traders and businessmen, " Akhilesh said. The two had also stayed away from SP's state executive meeting in Lucknow where Akhilesh loyalist Naresh Uttam was unanimously re-elected as the state party president on 23 September. After feud in the Yadav family, Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav joined hands and Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam were sidelined.

However, senior party leaders were not sure whether Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has been invited personally by his son, would attend the meet or not. Shivpal, it is reported, congratulated nephew Akhilesh over telephone on getting a second term as party president.

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Around 25,000 party activists from 25 states were expected to attend the convention. He later also telephonically spoke to his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday evening, after nine months, to invite him for the party meet.