"No question of the party splitting. The party is one and we will begin campaign shortly," Mulayam Singh Yadav said.
Relenting his stance, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said that his son Akhilesh Yadav will be the chief minister if party wins Uttar Pradesh elections. He added that there is no question of split in party and it will go united in election campaign. “No question of the party splitting. The party is one and we will begin campaign shortly,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said. Mulayam statement is a complete u-turn from his earlier stand. The party patriarch had earlier expelled his son Akhilesh for six years from the party. However, he had reinstated him in the party later.
“We will very soon tour the entire UP to send out a message of unity. All the confusion that was there is ending. Akhilesh will be the next CM,” he said. Mulayam also told the Commission that the convention called by Akhilesh Yadav camp on January 1 was “unconstitutional” as Ramgopal Yadav, who had convened the meet, was expelled from the party on December 30, 2016.
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Earlier in the day, party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav reached Election Commission to stake claim on party symbol cycle. Calling the convention called by Ram Gopal Yadav unconstitutional, Mulayam said that the party’s electoral symbol of ‘cycle’ should remain with his camp. Mulayam, who was accompanied by his loyalists Amar Singh and Shivpal Singh Yadav, also contested the affidavits of party leaders submitted by Akhilesh camp. Mulayam alleged that documents are forged and asked the EC to get them verified.