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Despite Mulayam’s absence from SP state convention, Akhilesh Yadav says he has his blessings

He also hit out at the Modi and Adityanath governments.

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Despite Mulayam’s absence from SP state convention, Akhilesh Yadav says he has his blessings
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Even as the Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav stayed away from the party State Convention on Saturday, his son and the party President Akhilesh Yadav announced that he continues to have blessings of his father and same will continue in future also.

Significantly, it was the first Samajwadi Party State Convention in its 25 years of history that its founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav were conspicuous by absence. Mulayam is learnt to have gone to Haryana ahead of his crucial press conference on September 25 and Shivpal was not even invited.

Allaying fears of party men that his father Mulayam and uncle Shivpal may cause a vertical split in the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh said emotionally that “Samajwadi Party was founded by his father and he was only taking his mission forward under his guidance and blessings which will continue in future also.”

The party State President Naresh Uttam was re-elected unopposed during the state convention. Besides senior leaders like Azam Khan, Naresh Agarwal, Bhagwati Singh, Kiranmoy Nanda, about 15,000 SSamajwadi delegates across state attended the State Conventio organized at Ram Bai Maidan after denial of permission to hold at Janeshwar Mishra Park.

Akhilesh, however, targeted his uncle Shivpal without taking his name blaming him for the party’s debacle in 2017 UP Assembly polls. “Some people are conspiring against us and trying to create differences. We must ensure that they did not succeed in their nefarious acts,” warned Akhilesh.

He also took  a dig at Modi and Aditynath’s governments. “Demonetization was biggest farce. Both the governments are surviving on offering lies to the people. They are anti-people and anti-development,” he charged.

During the convention, some leaders demanded expulsion of Shivpal Singh Yadav for carrying out anti-party activities. But Akhilesh and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav ignored the demand and left the issue to be discussed at the National Convention to be held on October 5 in Agra.

After failure of attempts to reunite the Yadav family, Akhilesh camp is now waiting for announcements of his father during the press conference on September 25. 

Speculations are rife that he may allow Shivpal to head Lok Dal, founded by late Chowdhury Charan Singh in 1980 and may distance himself away from both camps on health ground.

 

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