Akhilesh Yadav to miss SP bash, Is SP heading towards spilt?
Samajwadi Party’s campaign launch
Akhilesh Yadav to miss SP bash, Is SP heading towards spilt?:- Pushed to the wall, Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday has announced that he would launch the Samajwadi Party’s campaign for the year 2017 elections on his own. On November 3, the Yadav scion will also embark on a Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra, which would seek votes on his development works and the welfare schemes. He made the decision known in a letter to his father and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
His statement has further raised questions if the CM would give a miss to the SP’s silver jubilee celebrations which is scheduled for November 5. There was no confirmation on this.
Meanwhile, SP state president Shivpal Yadav has been appointed as corruption-tainted minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, wo was sacked by Akhilesh, but she was later reinstated, as the coordinator of the anniversary event which would be held at the sprawling Janeshwar Mishra Park here. In his letter, the younger Yadav reasoned that the party could not further wait any longer to start its campaign if it wanted to come to power.
While, referring to the delay in the party’s Rath Yatra, he has also mentioned how it was initially planned on October 3 but that did not work out due to “certain reasons.” He had been hinting at the infighting within the Yadav clan and party. The “detailed programme of the yatra would be given to party district heads and workers from certain time to time,” Mr. Yadav said in the letter, which would be marked to his uncles Shivpal Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav, who is also Rajya Sabha MP and party General Secretary.
Interestingly the letter was released to the media through Rajendra Chaudhary, Cabinet Minister and Akhilesh loyalist, who was sacked as the party spokesperson after Mr. Shivpal Yadav took over as its State president.
Boycott threat by Akhilesh’s loyalists
Many Akhilesh loyalists, which include expelled youth organisation chiefs and a few MLCs, have vowed to further boycott the party’s 25th foundation day programme in the protest against the expulsion of many of their colleagues on “false complaints” by Mr. Shivpal Yadav. In an indication of a deep split within the cadre, leaders close to Akhilesh Yadav have also started putting up hoardings without the image of either Mr. Mulayam Singh or Mr. Shivpal Yadav.
Also, Akhilesh loyalists who were expelled are these days operating not out of the party headquarters, but from the office of the Janeshwar Mishra Trust, which was inaugurated by CM earlier this month.