SP’s family feud gets bitter as Akhilesh may not attend party functions
The war within the first family refuses to die down as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has thrown enough hints to suggest that he would not attend the state executive meeting as well as Silver Jubilee Foundation Day function.
The state executive meeting is slated for October 22 and silver jubilee will be celebrated on November 5.
“I cannot say at this point of time whether I will attend November 5 function or not. Let’s see,” he said when reporters persistently asked whether he would be attending the meeting or not on the sidelines of a function where he distributed ration cards to the beneficiaries of Food Security Act in Lucknow on Wednesday.
The statement came a day after members of Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha had declared that they would boycott November 5 function unless Akhilesh was made state president of the party. Digvijay Singh Dev, the expelled President of Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, is on record to say that Akhilesh Yadav is their leader.
“It is Akhilesh who stood by the youth when police unleashed terror against them during Mayawati’s regime. He faced lathis and water cannon with us and now when he is being discredited, how can the youth tolerate this,” Digvijay said.
State presidents of all the frontal organizations including Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha, and Mulayam Singh Youth brigade have been expelled from the party for allegedly anti-party activities. All these leaders were considered close to the Chief Minister.
However, the Chief Minister did not give a reason for not attending the November 5 meeting. Asked about the possibility of his attending State Executive Meeting on October 22, Akhilesh said: “Does anyone attend these meetings?”
Earlier, there was a report that the CM could skip both the foundation day and the state executive meeting due to his differences with the party’s national president. As the CM was not even made the invitee member of the state executive, there was no justification in his attending the state executive.
Later in the day, the Chief Minister had a meeting with party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav. The two were closeted for over an hour in the meeting but the outcome was not known.
However, people close to Akhilesh Singh said that next few days are very crucial for Uttar Pradesh politics. The Samajwadi Party will have to revoke the expulsion of the youth, otherwise, Akhilesh may take some harsh decision, a senior party leader told this reporter.