Akhilesh's meeting after Mulayam's poll list hints a fresh strife in the making

Mulayam had yesterday announced 325 candidates, leaving out several key aides of his son for 2017 assembly elections.


In what can be a preparation for starting a fresh family feud, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday morning convenes a meeting at 5 Kalidas Marg, where he is reportedly listening to appeals raised by several lawmakers of ruling Samajwadi Party, a day after party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav announced list of candidates excluding many close to the UP CM.

Mulayam had yesterday announced 325 candidates, leaving out several key aides of his son for 2017 assembly elections ending speculations on party tickets. Candidates recommended by his brother Shivpal Yadav made the cut.

The list announced by Shivpal included candidates likes Atiq Ahmed, a gangster-turned-don with 44 serious criminal charges against him. Akhilesh Yadav has been opposing his candidacy.

Akhilesh was not present when Mulayam announced the candidates. Hours later, Akhilesh signalled a fight back by sacking two party leaders, husband and wife, from their government posts, reports NDTV.  They are close to his uncle Shivpal, with whom he has engaged in a no-holds-barred power battle.

The UP Chief Minister said: "I have heard that a new list has come... and that some people have not been given a ticket. I will go and speak to Netaji (Mulayam Singh) about this and impress upon him the need to give them a ticket."

Akhilesh had on Sunday handed his father his  recommendations for all 403 seats in UP. Shivpal Yadav too has picked candidates for these seats, saying his criterion is "winnability."

The list includes 176 seats where SP won in 2012 and 149 where it lost. The list indicates that the party would go it alone in the forthcoming elections.

The SP chief also clarified that all the 325 were winning candidates and that names to the remaining 78 seats would be declared later.

“The survey for selecting winnable candidates is going on for remaining 78 seats, the names for which will be announced later,” said Mulayam.

He denied tickets to three prominent ministers including Ram Govind Chaudhary (Minister for Basic Education and Child Nutrition), Pawan Pandey (Minister of state with Independent Charge for Entertainment Tax) with Arvind Singh Gope (Minister for Rural Development).