February 26, 2018

Akhilesh Yadav re-elected Samajwadi Party national president for 5 years

06 October 2017, 12:37 | Kara Nash

Narad Rai

Narad Rai

At a press conference ahead of his re-elected as Samajwadi Party president, Akhilesh Yadav said the party's alliance with the Congress will continue.

The two-day national convention of Samajwadi Party to be held in the Taj City from Thursday will decide whether the bickering withing SP's first family would continue or the party would focus on its substantive agenda of taking on its prime adversary - Bharatiya Janata Party. In a special convention of the party on January 1, Akhilesh then replaced his father as party national president and removed Shivpal from his post in the party as well. The meeting also amended the party constitution to increase the term of the President to five years from the present three. However, a few days back Senior Yadav ruled out any possibility of the formation of a new party for the time being.

However, the party's grand old man, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and his brother, Shiv Pal Yadav, were conspicuous by their absence. But even these rumours are also likely to be washed out, as, Akhilesh meet his father personally in Lucknow last week to extend an invitation for the conventions.

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The other mostly younger leaders appeared to stand firmly behind Akhilesh Yadav, who led the Samajwadi Party to defeat in this year's assembly elections shortly after staging a coup against his father.

Latching on to voices of dissent from within the BJP, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the "ill effects" of demonetisation were gradually becoming visible while traders were reeling under the "adverse impact" of GST. These elections hold the special significance, as it will show the position of the party. On the national front, there is the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and on the domestic turf of Uttar Pradesh, the next state assembly polls are scheduled to take place on 2022.

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