Akhilesh eyes independent route to overcome Mulayam check-mate
Akhilesh is said to have told his supporters that he will campaign for them irrespective of the Samajwadi Party�s fielding of candidates.
The feud within the Samajwadi Party is set to get worse with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav having reportedly signalled his supporters to contest as independents, following his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s announcement of 325 candidates for the state polls leaving out key Akhilesh supporters. The SP chief was also silent on who will be the CM, leaving all sorts of rumours and innuendos to come into being.
Several MLAs and MLCs visited Akhilesh on Thursday morning. The Chief Minister is said to have told his supporters that he will campaign for them irrespective of the Samajwadi Party’s fielding of candidates.
With his list, Mulayam Singh Yadav left 107 Akhilesh supporters out in the cold, showing who’s the boss. In reply, Akhilesh has now prepared a new gameplan and has not only directed his over 200 supporters to contest as independents.
Sources say that Akhilesh had already given an ultimatum that if his supporters didn’t get tickets they would fight as independent candidates.
Akhilesh had given his list of 403 candidates to Mulayam Singh Yadav, who preferred to field more candidates of brother Shivpal Yadav's choice. Mulayam has also made it clear his party won't enter a pre-poll alliance with the Congress, contradicting Akhilesh’s signals that the SP would go for a pre-poll pact.