Akhilesh to start party’s poll campaign all alone
In a clear indication of escalation of the war and widening of the chasm in Samajwadi Party’s first family, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has pipped his father Mulayam Singh Yadav to the post and has decided to launch his polls campaign in the state from November 3.
By implication, Akhilesh will not attend the party’s silver jubilee function on November 5 to be presided by his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The CM will kick off the poll campaign two days ahead of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is scheduled to launch the campaign in Lucknow on November 5. The party has also organized a huge function to celebrate its 25th Foundation Day which is to be attended by most leaders and workers.
Akhilesh will begin his ‘Vikas Se Vijay Yatra’ from the Janeshwar Mishra Trust office at Bandariyabagh crossing instead of the state SP office on Vikramaditya Marg. The Trust office is the new workplace of `Team Akhilesh’ that includes all youth leaders recently expelled from the party.
In a letter to SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav, the CM has ‘informed’ that he will embark on his Yatra from November 3. Copies of the letter have also been endorsed to the state SP chief Shivpal Yadav and general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav. The CM further said in the letter that he will be informing the district units about the Yatra route from time to time.
Akhilesh also mentioned that the Yatra was originally slated for October 3, but had to be postponed for `several reasons’ and in the meantime, other political parties started off their campaigns.
On Tuesday, youth leaders who are staunchly behind Akhilesh Yadav had announced they would boycott the silver jubilee function to protest the expulsion of youth leaders and three MLCs – all members of `Team Akhilesh’.
Akhilesh Yadav’s likely absence from the SP function is yet another turning point in the escalating crisis in the SP and its first family.
The CM has not provided any information to the state office about his Yatra route. Party sources said that youth leaders, including those expelled, will be taking care of arrangements during the campaign in which Akhilesh will tell the people of the achievements of his government.
Party sources believe that the CM’s unilateral announcement of the Yatra is set to send a negative message to the masses as it will be interpreted as the son deciding to steal the thunder from father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav by launching his ‘Vikas Yatra’ two days ahead of Mulayam is to kick off the party’s ‘official’ campaign in Lucknow on November 5.