Samajwadi Party feud: Shivpal meets Akhilesh, Mulayam in a bid to save party before UP polls

A possible truce is in sight in the Samajwadi Party family feud between father-son duo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav. On Friday, Shivpal Yadav and Amar Singh met with SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav at his residence, prior to which Shivpal met Akhilesh Yadav.

However, sources privy to the fast-paced developments told PTI that they did not rule out the possibility of resignation of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, the "outsider" whose return to SP triggered a storm in the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh, under a "compromise formula".

Shivpal, Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

Shivpal, Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

The PTI report ruled that another possibility could be resignation of Shivpal from the post of state SP chief, a charge held by the chief minister before the current family feud broke out.

This was the first meeting between Akhilesh and Shivpal since the chief minister donned the mantle of SP chief
replacing his father Mulayam.

An inkling of a patch-up came late Thursday night when Akhilesh planned to go to the airport in Lucknow to receive his father, but dropped the idea when he came to know that Amar Singh was accompanying him in the chartered flight.

Soon after Mulayam's return from Delhi, his apolitical brothers Abhayram Yadav and Rajpal Yadav met him apparently to end the strife in the family.

During a meeting with SP MLAs, MLCs, MPs and senior leaders to collect their signed affidavits for submission before the EC, Akhilesh had on Thursday asked his father to give him Samajwadi Party's control for three months.

The meetings Shivpal had with Akhilesh and later with Mulayam this morning reflected hectic behind-the-scene negotiations as the Akhilesh camp prepared to hand over documents to the EC to claim that it was the "real" SP.

Currently, the party is divided into two camps — Mulayam Singh Yadav-Shivpal Yadav-Amar Singh camp and Akhilesh Yadav-Ram Gopal Yadav camp — and both have claimed majority support of party MPs and MLAs, and sought control of the party name and its election symbol. Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India has given both parties time till 9 January to prove majority.

Ram Gopal Yadav said on Friday that they are ready to submit their list to the Election Commission. He said, "Election Commission asked us to submit affidavits by 9 January of the documents. Will submit affidavit of MLAs, MLCs, MPs between 3-4pm today." He also said, "Out of 229 MLAs, 212 signed affidavit. 56 out of 68 MLCs, 15 out of 24 MPs have signed the affidavit."

According to reports by CNN-News 18, Akhilesh, on the other hand, is all set to go into alliance with Congress. CNN-News18 reported that according to insiders, the two parties are likely to announce the alliance next week.

However, according to newspaper Amar Ujala, the Akhilesh camp has the support of 265 MLAs and MLCs, of which there are 209 of the 229 SP MLAs and 56 of the 65 SP MLCs.

A report in The Times of India said with Akhilesh gaining an upper hand over his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the prospects of an alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party have increased. "Akhilesh is likely to meet Rahul on 9 January. The discussions are expected to also involve Priyanka Gandhi and will aim to thrash out details of a deal that could see Congress contesting 90-105 seats in partnership with SP, well-placed sources said," the newspaper reported.

Published Date: Jan 06, 2017 12:34 PM | Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 13:30 PM

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