Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav meet: Is truce on the cards?

Mulayam Singh Yadav signaled a softening of stand on Monday evening as he said that Akhilesh Yadav would be the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister after the elections.

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav meet: Is truce on the cards?

A day after Mulayam Singh Yadav met Election Commission and claimed that party stands "united," Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav meets his father at his residence.

After telling the Election Commission that he was still the national president of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Mulayam Singh Yadav signaled a softening of stand on Monday evening as he said that Akhilesh Yadav would be the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister after the elections.


“For the benefit of the entire state, our party stands united. There is no question of division whatsoever. We will begin the campaign soon. Akhilesh will be the next chief minister, there is no doubt about that,” media agency quoted Mulayam as saying on his return from Delhi to Lucknow.
Earlier, Mulayam had refrained from naming Akhilesh as the SP’s chief ministerial candidate, maintaining that the party’s MLAs would elect their leader.

Earlier on Monday while in Delhi, Mulayam claimed that there were “no differences” between him and Akhilesh. In an apparent reference to Ram Gopal Yadav, Mulayam said “one person has influenced” Akhilesh, which has led to “problems in the party”.

His comments on Monday indicate an upcoming truce between the two factions. However, both the factions met Election Commission in Delhi on Monday to stake claim on Party's "cycle."

Mulayam, accompanied by Amar Singh and Shivpal Singh, told the EC that the party convention called by the Akhilesh camp on January 1 was “unconstitutional” as Ram Gopal, who convened the meet, had been expelled from the party on December 30.

Though the Mulayam camp did not submit any fresh documents, they claimed that he was still the SP chief and had legal claim over the party and its symbol. “I will sign Form A and B (relating to party affiliation and party symbol for contesting candidates). Now EC has to decide on the cycle symbol,” said Mulayam.