Senior Samajwadi party leader Beni Prasad Verma today offered to mediate between the party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh. He expressed concern that the way things are going on within the party, it would be difficult to win Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh which is expected to be held early next year.
The rift within the party reached another level with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav deciding to skip a crucial meeting called by state party chief Shivpal Yadav to strategise for the Assembly elections due early next year where the latter declared him the party’s chief ministerial face.
Even though Shivpal, the younger brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, had met invited his nephew personally for the meeting of SP district and city units presidents, the Chief Minister stayed , suggesting all was not well within the party.
Reports suggest that in his efforts to bury the hatchet, Shivpal made it clear that Akhilesh will be Samajwadi Party’s chief ministerial candidate. It came couple of days after Mulayam left the field open by declaring that the newly elected legislators will choose their leader.
During the meeting, Shivpal asked its district level leaders gear up for elections and also to ensure that the party’s silver jubilee celebrations next month in Lucknow capital was a grand show.
After the meeting, a message was sent from of the chief minister’s residence that Akhilesh wanted to meet the district party presidents at a short notice.
During the meeting, Akhilesh informed them of his ‘rath yatra’ scheduled from November 3. He asked them to work hard in their respective areas.