SP crisis: Mulayam rejects move to make Akhilesh party chief

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New Delhi, January 1
Hours after Uttar Pradesh chief minsiter Akhilesh Yadav was elevated as national president of Samajwadi Party, party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav termed all the resolutions passed during the meet as “illegal”.
All the resolutions, inculding the elevation of Akhilesh Yadav as national president, passed during the national executive meet (in Lucknow) are illegal, Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Parliamentary Board said.
“Today’s meet organised by Ramgopal is unconstitutional,” Mulayam said, adding, “Ramgopal Yadav has been expelled from party for six years.” Mulayam has called for another national convention on January 5. Earlier in the day, the Samajwadi party chief had warned party workers from participating in the meeting organised by Ram Gopal Yadav. “Those attending the meet will be expelled from the party and stern action will be taken against them,” Mulayam had said in a letter addressed to party workers. Terming the meet as “unconstitutional,” the SP Chief had also mentioned in his letter that it is an anti-party activity and is against the Samajwadi Party’s interest. Ram Gopal Yadav had called for a national level special convention in Lucknow, which was also attended by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
During the meet, Ramgopal Yadav, said that the national executive of the party wants Shivpal Yadav to be removed as president of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the party, sacking of Amar Singh immediately, elevation of Akhilesh Yadav as national president and Mulayam Singh Yadav as Marg darshak. Soon after being proposed as the national president of the party, Akhilesh Yadav said his respect for his father was more than ever and that he would stand against those conspiring against the party.
“Those who conspired against the party, damaged it and also posed problems before the national president…should know that my respect for the national president (Mulayam Singh) will be more than before,” the chief minister said. “…People might raise questions and level allegations but I said this before and say it again that as his son if there is any conspiracy against the party and him it is my duty to stand against them”, he said.
“I had said that I was ready to step down as state unit president earlier too …he had made me the CM and gave me a chance to work…”, he said .
The national convention also authorised Akhilesh Yadav to constitute national executive, parliamentary board and various state units as required and inform the Election Commission of the developments at the earliest.
On Saturday, making a dramatic U-turn, Samajwadi Party revoked the expulsion of Akhilesh Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav after a massive show of strength by the chief minister who convened a meeting of SP legislators where over 200 of the 229 party MLAs turned up expressing their loyalty.

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