Amid ongoing feud with Akhilesh over election tickets, Shivpal Yadav signals who's boss
SP functionaries who are shaken by an ongoing feud between Akhilesh Yadav on one side and Shivpal and Akhilesh's father and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the other, say the tweets are the signs of yet another turf war over seat distribution
Shivpal Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's uncle and Samajwadi Party state chief, gave out a series of tweets indirectly suggesting that he was the boss when it came to issuing tickets for the assembly elections due early next year.
"Tickets will be distributed based on wins. So far 175 people have been given tickets. The Chief Minister will be selected by the legislative party which is according to the party's constitution. No indiscipline will be tolerated in the party," Yadav tweeted in Hindi.
According to NDTV, SP functionaries who are shaken by an ongoing feud between Akhilesh Yadav on one side and Shivpal and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the other, say the tweets are the signs of yet another turf war over seat distribution.
Atiq Ahmed from Kanpur, who faces over 40 criminal cases including murder and attempt murder; the brother of jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari; and a ticket for Aman Mani Tripathi, now arrested by the CBI in a case related to the killing of his wife were some people who were given tickets by Shivpal.
NDTV reported that this has upset Akhilesh so much that he has sounded his concerns to his father and asked for an intervention. Some reports suggest that UP CM has even submitted a list of 403 preferable names for the polls.
In one of his tweets on Sunday, SP party state chief apparently gave an answer for the curious choice of candidates- it's all about winnability, he tweeted.
"Why are you asking me," Akhilesh Yadav retorted at a function on Saturday, adding, "Tickets, alliances - the final call is with Neta ji (Mulayam)."