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Mulayam stumps Akhilesh, says legislators to pick next CM

IANS  |  Lucknow 

chief Yadav on Friday said the party's legislators after the elections will pick the new Chief Minister, in a clear indication that his son and incumbent Akhilesh won't be the face of the party in the polls.

Flanked by state party chief and younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, both daggers drawn with Akhilesh Yadav, said the legislators always elected their Chief Minister.

"The elected legislators and the Samajwadi Party's Parliamentary Board will pick the next Chief Minister," he told the media here.

This would mean that unlike in 2012, when the swept the assembly polls, the party won't portray the young Akhilesh as its Chief Ministerial candidate.

The 76-year-old former UP Chief Minister denied there was strife within his family.

"We have always been united for three generations. How can we have differences now?" he asked.

Saying there was no bickering within, he held the hand of Shivpal Yadav, who he said was everything for the

He also praised Transport Minister Gayatri Prajapati, who was sacked by and then reinstated at the intervention of Mulayam Singh, saying a man from humble background like Gayatri was also a minister due to "the miracles of the Samajwadi ethos and ideology".

In an apparent response to Akhilesh Yadav's statement that he had pedalled over one lakh km on cycle to make the party stronger and many leaders of the Youth Brigade (now expelled) had worked hard for the party, said the party was where it was because of him (Mulayam).

announced that the would hold a grand event on November 5 to mark 25 years of its existence.

Until now, Akhilesh Yadav, despite the power struggle with his uncle Shivpal Yadav, has exuded confidence that he would again be the Samajwadi Party's Chief Ministerial face.

goes to the polls early next year.

had earlier told a journalist that all was not well in the Yadav family and that he would go it alone in the election campaign soon.

also said that there should be no on a Uniform Civil Code and people should be free to follow any religion in the manner they want.



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First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 21:18 IST