Reconciliation efforts in the Yadav clan seem to be gaining pace, with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav meeting his father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today.
Akhilesh went to meet his father after Mulayam on January 10 once again reposed his trust in his son.
Speaking on the ongoing feud and Akhilesh’s second term as chief minister, Mulayam said, “Samajwadi Party is not broken and it will not split. Akhilesh will become the CM of Uttar Pradesh after elections”.
Indirectly asking party men to sink differences, 78-year-old Mulayam said, “SP is united and we will campaign as soon as possible. We will campaign across UP.”
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On January 6, Akhilesh supporters had submitted affidavits to the EC claiming support for the chief minister. Ram Gopal had also claimed that the documents submitted to the EC ran into over 1.5 lakh pages and bore signatures of over 200 MLAs, 56 of the 68 MLCs, 15 of the 24 MPs and nearly 4,600 of over 5,000 delegates.
On January 3, both factions of the SP had petitioned the EC staking claim over the party and its symbol. The Election Commission had given both sides time till January 9 to submit proof of their legislative support. If the Election Commission cannot reach any decision before January 17, then the party symbol might be frozen and two different symbols would be provide to both factions for contesting the assembly elections.
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Rajya Sabha MP and SP leader Amar Singh on January 9 also reiterated his stance that he is a well wisher of Akhilesh Yadav and there should be no controversy regarding the ‘Z’ category security provided to him by the Centre.