At SP meet, Akhilesh Yadav cynosure of all eyes, Mulayam missed

At SP meet, Akhilesh Yadav cynosure of all eyes, Mulayam missed

At SP meet, Akhilesh Yadav cynosure of all eyes, Mulayam missed

The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday unanimously re-elected Akhilesh Yadav as national president for a period of five years.

On the proposal of Ramgopal Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav was on Thursday elected as national president for five-year term.

The announcement was made by SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav at the party's national convention in Agra. Party's convention begun yesterday at Agra. It is proposed that the convention - the highest decision-making body of the party - will pass a resolution to make changes in the party constitution to extend its president's tenure from three to five years. "Both Netaji (Mulayam) and Shivpal have given me their blessings, " Akhilesh said. On the national front, there is the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and on the domestic turf of Uttar Pradesh, the next state assembly polls are scheduled to take place on 2022. The task of competing with and stopping the BJP can only be done by Samajwadi people.

Akhilesh had criticised the Narendra Modi government over its demonetisation move and the difficulties posed to trader, dealers and citizens in the wake of the goods and services tax (GST) roll-out.

Akhilesh Yadav has already expressed his willingness to join hands with an anti-BJP alliance for 2019 and attended the "BJP hatao, desh bachao" opposition rally organized by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in Patna in August.

The Samajwadi Party was engaged in a bitter family battle between father Mulayam Singh Yadav and son Akhilesh ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.

"Time is running out for SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. He [Mr. Shivpal] gave his blessings and congratulated me", Mr. Akhilesh said. The Samajwadi Party patriarch and brother Shivpal had earlier skipped the party's state executive meeting in Lucknow on September 23. He later also telephonically spoke to his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday evening, after nine months, to invite him for the party meet.

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