Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is set to be re-elected as the Samajwadi Party national president during party’s national convention on October 5, according to a report by The Indian Express. The national convention is being held by the Samajwadi Party (SP) to elect its new party national president and also to discuss the party’s strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The convention will be held at the Targhar Maidan where Akhilesh Yadav is expected to be re-elected as the national president of the Samajwadi Party.
The national convention is also likely to see the passage of several political resolutions and could lead to fixing the strategy on forging coalitions with non-BJP parties for the 2019 elections. It has become of significant importance for the party after a crushing defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections earlier this year. Despite forming an alliance with Congress, Akhilesh Yadav led party managed to win just 47 seats independently and 54 in the alliance.
Last month, BSP chief Mayawati had said her party will become a part of any joint campaign only after non-BJP parties finalised the seat-sharing formula for the polls. Meanwhile, the SP national vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Kiranmay Nanda was quoted saying by The Indian Express that the national conference will be held once in every five years.
“The election of the president and the whole national executive committee will take place once in five years. This will be the last national conference before the 2019 elections, so the strategy for the polls will be discussed,” he was quoted saying by The Indian Express.
“Our aim is to oust BJP from the Centre. This government has not performed on the development front. There was talk of a ‘India Shining’ campaign before the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, but the BJP had lost. The same thing may happen in 2019,” Nanda added.