Akhilesh defies father, releases his list of 235 candidates
CM told Mulayam, "Aap ko jo karna hai mujhe kariye, mere logo ko kyon punish kar rahe hai (If you are angry with me, punish me not my friends)," to which SP chief said, "hum dekhenge(We will see)."
All's not well in Samajwadi Party and the crisis is further deepening with each passing day closer to elections. After Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav brought a list of 325 of the 403 candidates without names of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's loyalists, CM has now brought in his own list of 235 candidates.
Reportedly, the list came late at night after Akhilesh was denied the promise of any relief by father Mulayam as a sign of rebellious intent as his six hours long talks with father and uncle Shivpal Yadav failed to secure accommodation of his discarded loyalists and his preferences for other seats.
It further deepened with Uncle Shivpal releasing the second list of 78 candidates, a potentially precipitate step which could further snuff out the options for Akhilesh within the SP tent.
According to the sources quoted by Times of India, Akhilesh was bracing himself for this eventuality and had prepared plans to enter the fray on the strength of his `brand'. It appears that he is ready to follow through the declaration of his list of candidates, who will be up against SP's official nominees in many constituencies, by moving the Election Commission to apply for a symbol for the breakaway faction and to get the SP's `cycle' symbol frozen.
Furthermore, the report quoted CM telling Mulayam, "Aap ko jo karna hai mujhe kariye, mere logo ko kyon punish kar rahe hai (If you are angry with me, punish me not my friends)," to which SP chief said, "hum dekhenge(We will see)."
According to the reports, at around 10 AM on Thursday, MLAs and leaders reached Akhilesh's house, where CM told them he was going to meet Mulayam Singh and would take up their case. He met his father at 1 pm, and an hour later Uncle Shivpal reached the residence and the meeting went on.
The Indian Express reported that hours after meeting, Akhilesh put out a list of 235 candidates, his loyalists replacing those on his father’s list. His list includes the names of 171 sitting MLAs and 64 others for seats where the SP lost in the 2012 elections. It further reported that the list which was released to media didn't carry signature, but promised to declare 168 remaining names soon.
Amidst the feud, Akhilesh is said to be hurt and humiliated after his followers were denied tickets. In retaliation, he sacked Mulayam loyalists like Surabhi Shukla from the government.