Lucknow: Amidst the ongoing feud in Uttar Pradesh’s ruling party, the national convention called by Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, set to be held here on January 5, was postponed today.
In a series of tweets, SP leader Shivpal Yadav announced that the convention was being called off for now on Mulayam’s order, and asked party workers to concentrate on their respective constituencies and prepare for the upcoming assembly polls, the dates of which are to be announced sometime this week.
While Shivpal gave no reasons for the abrupt cancellation of the meeting, insiders said perhaps the Mulayam camp was apprehensive of a poor turnout compared to the massive gathering seen at the ‘convention’ held by Ram Gopal Yadav and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav yesterday. The meet was declared illegal and unconstitutional by Mulayam.
Meanwhile, senior SP leaders from the Akhilesh and Mulayam camps are expected to visit the Election Commission in New Delhi today to present their cases and stake claim to the party’s ‘cycle’ symbol, NDTV reports.
UP’s ruling party split down the middle yesterday with the faction headed by the chief minister removing Mulayam as party chief and appointing Akhilesh in his place at a convention in which the Akhilesh camp claimed they had the support of the majority of legislators and district units.
The two sides had engaged in mutual recriminatory expulsions with the convention called by Ram Gopal removing Shivpal as state party chief and expelling Amar Singh, who has been blamed for the feud in the Yadav clan.
Mulayam responded by once again expelling his cousin Ram Gopal for six years along with national vice president Kiranmoy Nanda, who chaired the convention, and general secretary Naresh Agarwal for participating in it.
(With PTI inputs)