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.
Mocking the Samajwadi Party's decision to revoke expulsion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, BJP today said he may have returned to the party but will not to power after the assembly polls as his five-year report card is rife with "failures".
Both Ramgopal and Akhilesh have been asked by Mulayam to send a showcause notice as to why they released a separate list of candidates against the party's official list ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and why action should not be taken against them.
Party leaders close to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said he was likely to release a parallel list of and had even prepared a list of 167 names to be pitted against SP's official nominees.
Hectic parleys over a month-and-a-half have yielded no results though early signs of a joint front against the BJP in UP were discernable in the first week of November itself when MSY invited socialists of all hues to Lucknow for a gala event to mark SP‘s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Most notably, Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav did not feature in this list. Mulayam also announced the name of his brother Shivpal Yadav from Jaswant Nagar Assembly seat.
The contentious issue of ticket distribution today again exposed the rift in Samajwadi Party with state party chief Shivpal Yadav attacking Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over his reported parallel list of candidates.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav feels the days of caste-based politics in the state are over and now the two Ds -- development and demonetisation problems -- will work in favour of the Samajwadi Party in the upcoming assembly polls.
Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav will address his first rally in the run-up to the 2011 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election at Azamgarh on November 23.