MSY had a detailed discussion with brother Shivpal Yadav on Wednesday afternoon at his residence in Lucknow. Shivpal, it is reported, congratulated nephew Akhilesh over telephone on getting a second term as party president.
Ahead of the SP's 10th national convention, party's top brass assembled today for the national executive meeting which will set the tone for deliberations.
Though he did not elaborate on what transpired at the meeting -- believed to be the first between the two in many months -- it was being seen in the party as a reconciliatory effort by Akhilesh ahead of the crucial national conference.
Speculation was rife in political circles that the 77-year-old SP patriarch was likely to announce a new outfit at the press conference along with virtually defunct Lok Dal, while retaining the 'samajwadi' tag in its name.
Blowing hot and cold, the Samajwadi patriarch said his blessings were with his son Akhilesh Yadav though he did not agree with the decisions made by him.
The hint of an imminent split in the SP came yesterday when Mulayam and his brother-aide Shivpal Yadav stayed away from a state convention of the party-- which they had founded 25 years ago -- saying they were not invited.
Fresh strains are palpable in the Samajwadi Party ahead of its state and national convention, with Mulayam yesterday dumping Akhilesh-loyalist Ram Gopal Yadav from the post of secretary of the Lohia Trust and appointing Shivpal Yadav in his place.
The SP is holding is state convention on September 23 in the state capatal while its national convention is scheduled on October 5 in Agra
After BJP‘s thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, political parties will look for scapegoats. There will likely be voices and concerns raised on how Samajwadi Party, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party went about campaigning for the state election.
Ruling Samajwadi Party is facing a tough battle as it tries to retain the seven Assembly seats it had won last time out of nine in Uttar Pradesh capital, while BJP and BSP queer the pitch.
Mulayam also brushed aside statements by his brother Shivpal Yadav that he will breakaway from SP and form a new party.
Earlier, there had been considerable demand from the party cadre that Priyanka be drafted into the campaign and the party.
Ruling Samajwadi Party today released its manifesto for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections promising a bunch of schemes for all round development of the state at a function which SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal gave a miss.
Archana Shukla gets a ground report from Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Yadav's constituencies in Etawah district.
Sources said that Shivpal Yadav â€“ who led a bitter faction fight against Akhilesh â€“ may not be contesting in the assembly polls slated to begin on February 4. According to the compromise reached, Akhilesh will accommodate Shivpal‘s son Aditya Yadav in the final SP list.
Having bagged the 'bicycle' symbol, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said he would take Mulayam Singh Yadav along, describing the ties with his father and the SP founder as "unbreakable".
Mulayam made this statement at a meeting with party workers in Lucknow with the media in attendance.
During the first part of the hearing, the Akhilesh camp, represented by senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, argued that the majority of MPs, MLAs and MLCs as well as the SP delegates are with Akhilesh.
The surprise statement came on a day when the factional war in the Samajwadi Party escalated with the Akhilesh camp seeking an early decision on the disputed party symbol while the embattled SP patriarch asserted that he is still the party chief.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav today demanded derecognition of Ramgopal Yadav as leader of the party group in Rajya Sabha following his expulsion from the party.
There is no rift between me and my son Akhilesh, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Monday soon after visiting the Election Commission office to stake claim to the party‘s cycle symbol.
While sources in the Mulayam camp said the party supremo was armed with signed affidavits of MLAs, MLCs and MPs which he would furnish to the EC, the number of the signed affidavits with him was not immediately clear.
In a series of tweets, SP leader Shivpal Yadav said that on the orders of Mulayam Singh Yadav, the convention called on January 5 has been postponed for now.
The development comes after Akhilesh Yadav is made party's national President in a bitter feud between two warring factions.
Hitting back, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today termed as "illegal" all decisions taken at the convention called by the Akhilesh camp and again expelled Ram Gopal Yadav for six years.