Samajwadi Party head Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday canceled his meeting of party MLAs that was scheduled to be held on 29 March. However, his son and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has convened a meeting of MLAs today and as per reports by ABP News, this may well be the reason behind Mulayam Singh dropping his meeting. However, it is yet to be cleared whether Mulayam is going to be a part of the meeting called by Akhilesh today. After the party’s debacle in the recently concluded elections, it looks like the drubbing at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not led to much introspection in Samajwadi Party. Now, though the party has not split formally, incidents like today’s indicate the party leadership is working on two parallel tracks.
Earlier as well, SP family feud escalated on March 16, when Akhilesh Yadav called a meeting of newly elected MLAs in which he had been authorised to name the leader of Opposition. But there too the differences between father and son were clearly reflected. According to party sources, Akhilesh was keen to name former minister Ram Govind Chaudhary as the leader of opposition while Mulayam wanted the post to be given to Shivpal Yadav who has held the position earlier as well.
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In the meeting that was held on 25 March, Mulayam and Shivpal did not attend the SP National Executive meet to discuss the reasons behind the party’s humiliating defeat in the Assembly elections. Akhilesh had then said the party would elect its national president before September 30. Meanwhile, a senior SP leader on Monday said that Mulayam now wants to take over the party as the results of assembly election have proved that Akhilesh lacks experience. He also added that the party will find it difficult to revive itself in the state without Mulayam and Shivpal as both of them have long experience along with good organisational capabilities.