The fight in Samajwadi is yet to over—though it seems to be on a number of occasions. On Sunday, Akhilesh Yadav, in a national convention organized in Janeshwar Park in Lucknow, was elected as the party president. He took the control of the Samajwadi Party from his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, those who are close to Mulayam Singh, like Azam Khan, skipped the meeting.
The Heavyweights of the Party Present in the Meeting
On the special national convention organized in Lucknow, those present were Akhilesh, the co-founder of the party Reoti Raman Singh, Vice President Kiranmay Nanda, the general secretary of the party and Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Trehan, lots of ministers and MLAs who once enjoyed cordial relationship with Mulayam Singh Yadav. Apart, also present included the extended Yadav family members. The two ministers from Mulayam’s constituency Azamgarh, namely Balram Yadav and Durga Prasad Yadav, were also seen at the convention of Akhilesh despite a warning by MSY. The Rajya Sabha MP and former treasurer Chanrapal Singh Yadav also graced the dais.
The Heavyweights of the Party on Mulayam’s Side
In a father-son war for dominance, the scale seems to be tilted in favour of Akhilesh, as only few leaders visited Netaji on Sunday. The list included a close aid to the younger son of Mulayam, Prateek, Minister Gayatri Prasad, a member of the legislative council Ashu Malik and Rajya Sabha MP Beni Prasad Verma, in addition to his brother Shivpal Yadav and some of his close associates.
Mulayam’s Faithfuls on Son’s Side
The first among the faithfulS of Mulayam who decided to go with his son is Nanda. Nada, the man who was in West Bengal politics, brought to Lucknow by Netaji and awarded by the second highest position in the organization of the party, also aligned himself to Akhilesh. His open support to CM raised many eyebrows as in the recent past, Nanda was often seen together with Mulayam, and he openly used to call Netaji his friend, philosopher and guide.
When Nanda was asked about his decision to go with Akhilesh, he candidly said, “coming elections are a challenge for the Samajwadi party, and to ensure that the public did not have any confusion about the party, he and other senior leaders are showing their faith in the leadership of Akhilesh.”
Basic Education Minister Ahmed Hasan is another faithful of Mulayam who decided to join hands with the Chief Minister. A former police officer, Hasan, though was brought into politics by MSY, but surprised his mentor with his presence in the convention and seconded the elevation of Akhilesh. In addition to these, the veteran Samajwadi Party leader Uday Pratap Singh, who once taught Mulayam in college and is a minister in the Government, also presented himself in the convention.
Family Members in the Convention
Among the family members who attended the meeting were Ram Gopal’s son and Firozabad MP Akshay Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav, Badaun MP, Tej Pratap Yadav, MP from Mainpuri and Anshul Yadav, Etawah zila panchayat president. However, women members of the family, including Dimple Yadav, Akhilesh’s wife abstained from the convention.