Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to steal the thunder from father and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav by launching his ‘Vikas Yatra’ from November 3, sounding the poll bugle for SP cadre, two days before Yadav Sr. is to kick off the party’s “official” campaign at the SP’s 25th anniversary function.
This also means that the UP Chief Minister would not be available at the silver jubilee function of the party to be held in Lucknow on November 5.
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SP has been at war with itself for over a month with Akhilesh managing the government and his uncle Shivpal getting hold of the party. Patriarch Mulayam has sent confusing signals to both while his cousin and party secretary Ram Gopal Yadav has stood with Akhilesh.
According to Akhilesh’s letter dated October 19th written on CM’s letter pad, the ‘Samajwadi Vikas Rath & Yatra’ was originally slated for October 3, which had to be postponed for “various reasons”. “In between, all other political parties have started off their campaigns,” the letter says, adding that hence the Yatra will start on November 3.
The letter, addressed to Mulayam, is copied to Shivpal and Ram Gopal.
The party has been plunged into an internecine war for the last one month. The crisis was triggered by Akhilesh Yadav sacking some ministers considered close to Mulayam Singh. He followed it up by stripping uncle Shivpal of key ministerial portfolio.
The matter was temporarily resolved when Akhilesh rescinded on some of the decisions. The tenuous truce called since has been been broken by warring factions on many occasions with both groups intermittently sniping at each other.
Akhilesh camp was livid after Mulayam said at a function that the party’s chief ministerial candidate will be decided only after the polls. But within days, in what was being seen as an attempt to end the political bickering, party general secretary and close Mulayam Singh aide Kironmoy Nanda clarfieid that Akhilesh Yadav will be the CM face of SP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections scheduled for 2017.