Akhilesh releases separate candidates list, threatens SP-lit by letting loyalists contest

In a rapidly changing political scenario inside the ruling Samajwadi Pary with voices of dissent getting shriller, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav released a fresh list of his own 235 candidates late on

Published: 30th December 2016 05:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th December 2016 05:01 AM   |  A+A-

SP president Shivpal Yadav and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: In a rapidly changing political scenario inside the ruling Samajwadi Pary with voices of dissent getting shriller, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav released a fresh list of his own 235 candidates late on Thursday evening.

Akhilesh’s list, released from Janeshwar Mishra Trust which has come up as an alternative power centre for Team Akhilesh in the wake of the family feud, now comprises most of the names of his supporter MLAs who were denied ticket by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday.

A large number of names in Akhilesh and Mulayam lists are, however, common, giving an indication that it is more of a posturing to put pressure on the party chief than a step toward full-blown rebellion. With the divide in Yadav family wide open and the battle of nerves between Akhilesh and his father intensified, Akhilesh asked his supporters, to be prepared and contest the upcoming state Assembly elections albeit on different symbols.

A day after Mulayam Singh Yadav released a list of 325 party candidates dropping a number of names close to Akhilesh, the latter met the SP chief on Thursday noon in presence of uncle and party’s state unit chief Shivpal Yadav, for over two hours, to register his displeasure over the denial of ticket to some of his supporters, especially the three ministers—Ram Govind Yadav, Pawan Pandey and Arvind Singh Gope.

In a late-night development, SP state chief Shivpal Yadav released a list of 68 candidates out of the remaining 78 seats. Mulayam had on Wednesday released a list of 325 candidates for the coming Assembly polls.

Earlier in the day, Akhilesh had a meeting with his loyal MLAs followed by closed-door parleys with Mulayam and Shivpal. When the meeting among the three failed to make any headway, the Chief Minister went into a huddle with his supporters again in the evening.

It was after this meeting that reports of ‘a fresh list of his 167 candidates’ started doing the rounds. After this, Mulayam and Shivpal sat again to discuss the developments.
However, party parliamentary board general secretary and Rajya Sabha Member Ram Gopal Yadav rejected any feud in the family saying that the clamour over the ticket distribution was a routine affair.

 “The party is not in disarray, it is intact. There is no confusion among the party men. Akhilesh will be our CM face,” Ram Gopal said, adding that there were certain elements within the party who do not want to see Akhilesh as Chief Minister again.  Mulayam Singh made it clear on Wednesday that SP had no tradition of projecting anyone as Chief Minister.  

“I had received lists from many people, but I have gone by my choice,” he had said. However, in a retaliatory move after some hours, Akhilesh had sacked two party functionaries close to Shivpal Yadav from government posts.

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