Samajwadi Party's family feud reignited? Akhilesh Yadav gives his own list of UP poll candidates

In an unprecedented move, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has reportedly submitted his own list of 403 probable candidates for the upcoming state polls.

With crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls around the corner, it seems that the family feud within the Mulayam Singh Yadav clan has reignited. In an unprecedented move, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reportedly submitted his own list of 403 probable candidates for the upcoming state polls.

The surprise move of the young CM is being dubbed as a clear indication of a possible escalation of the ongoing family feud in the party.

Following Akhilesh’s move, his uncle and state SP chief Shivpal Yadav reacted negatively and reportedly said that the list has not been cleared yet.

Angry Shivpal even took to Twitter and wrote that ticket distribution would be decided by the ‘victory potential’. He also said that any conduct of indiscipline will not be tolerated.

But Akhilesh snubbed Shivpal to submit his own list of 403 candidates signifying a possible tiff within the ruling Samajwadi Party camp.

Why did the UP CM release his own list?

Akhilesh had raised apprehensions against party supremo and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav over the allocation of party seats.

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According to media reports, Akhilesh, while reviewing the list of candidates expressed concern over giving 181 party tickets to the ones who he allegedly termed as ‘tainted’ persons.

Samajwadi Party state chief Shivpal Yadav is officially in charge of ticket distribution in consultation with party president Mulayam Singh.

Is it Akhilesh vs Shivpal again?

This is not the first time that Akhilesh and Shivpal have clashed over tickets distribution.

Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav had expressed his disappointment over the party’s decision to field alleged don-turned-politicians Atiq Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari’s brother Sibaqtullah Ansari for the assembly elections due next year.

UP goes to the polls in 2017 but the Samajwadi Party has been hurt by the running feud between Shivpal and Akhilesh. Mulayam has attempted to engineer an uneasy truce but seat allotment has remained a thorny issue.