Akhilesh Yadav re-elected SP national president

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference in Agra on Wednesday, on the eve of the party’s national convention. Source: PTI

The party’s constitution was amended to extend the tenure of the party chief to five years from the existing three years.

Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday was unanimously re-elected as the national president of Samajwadi Party (SP) for a five-year term, which further consolidated his grip over the party after sidelining his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle, Shivpal Yadav.

His re-election was announced by senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, on Wednesday evening at the SP national convention in Agra. The party’s constitution was amended to extend the tenure of the party chief to five years from the existing three years. The 2019 Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in 2022 will be held under Yadav’s presidency.

The state president’s tenure was also extended to five years by the state executives and Naresh Uttam was unanimously re-elected to the post for five years.

Mr. Akhilesh had personally invited both Mulayam Singh Yadav and  Shivpal Yadav  for the national convention. However, they did not attend the meet.

While addressing a press conference that was held a day ahead of his party’s national convention, the former UP chief minister was asked about reports that his uncle had called him up.

“I got the benefit of my age and our relation. He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also,” said Akhilesh Yadav

Also, Mr. Akhilesh maintained that he enjoyed the blessings of his 77-year-old father. Mulayam on his part corroborated it days later saying, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions.”

(Suyash Maheshwari)