Even as there has been no formal announcement of a split in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, a website seeking support for Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav has come up.
The website ‘progressivesamajwadiparty.com’ has been created in the name of ‘Progressive Samajwadi Party’, which has been rumoured to be the new party to be formed by Akhilesh, and it asks supporters to declare ‘I am with CM Akhilesh Yadav’ by providing their names and other details. At the time of writing this report, 3,954 people had signed up to show their support for Akhilesh.
Tension among members of Samajwadi Party has reached to a level that a formal split in the party seems imminent, even as Akhilesh and other continue to be in denial mode. The party has been divided into two camps. The one includes the likes of Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam, Amar Singh. The another has Akhilesh and his supporters.
Mulayam and Shivpal have publicly snubbed Akhilesh by declaring their support for Amar Singh. Akhilesh considers Amar as an outsider who is the reason behind all the fresh troubles in the party. Akhilesh wants Amar to be thrown out of the party, which is unlikely to happen.
This is politics and there might still be a last-minute compromise among the warring SP members. However, Akhilesh supporters believe that he would be in a better position to sit on the CM’s chair once again in 2017 if he splits SP and form a new party.
Akhilesh supporters have also suggested the party symbol — a motorcycle, which is literally progressive as compared to the ‘cycle’ symbol of Mulayam’s SP.
Some Akhilesh supporters also created a Facebook page of Progressive Samajwadi Party yesterday. However, there are not many takers for the page till now.