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In a clear sign that Akhilesh Yadav may not be the Chief Ministerial candidate, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Friday that the elected legislators will decide who will head the government in Uttar Pradesh after assembly elections.
"The elected legislators and the Samajwadi Party's Parliamentary Board will pick the next Chief Minister," Mulayam Singh told the media here, virtually admitting to continuing differences within the extended Yadav family.
Mulayam Singh, a former Indian Defence Minister, however, insisted that there was no rift in the "Samajwadi family".
He also said that there should be no politics on a Uniform Civil Code and people should be free to follow any religion in the manner they want.
Until now, Akhilesh Yadav, despite the power struggle with his uncle and state party chief Shivpal Yadav, has exuded confidence that he would again be the party's Chief Ministerial face.
Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls early next year.
Mulayam Singh made it clear on Friday that whatever the party was today, it was because of him (Mulayam).
Mulayam Singh also praised his brother Shivpal Yadav, saying he was "everything for the party".
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