Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday met his father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in an attempt to patch up differences.
According to sources, Akhilesh wants to be made the CM face and have a say in candidate selection. He is reported to have voiced the same concerns during his meeting with Mulayam.
Mulayam was reportedly 'annoyed' at how the national convention was held without his permission.
A senior SP leader and Rajya Sabha member reportedly met Akhliesh on Tuesday morning and told him that the party was on the verge of losing its symbol. Responding him Akhilesh said, "He wants just two things." "He wants to be the CM face and have a say in candidate selection." (Sources told CNN-News18)
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav reaches Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence in Lucknow to meet him.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 3, 2017
Akhilesh Yadav seems to have effected a bloodless coup in the Samajwadi Party by "elevating" his father Mulayam Singh Yadav to a "margdarshak" (mentor) and anointing himself as the national president of the party.
Mulayam heard Akhilesh's proposals but there was no assurance from him, said the source.
Earlier, Ram Gopal Yadav met the Election Commission to present a case to allot SP cycle symbol to the Akhilesh camp for the polls.
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