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No end to feud: Mulayam & Akhilesh look for life beyond the 'cycle'

Experts opine that Mulayam is better placed in his claim for the SP symbol

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (left) with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav (Photo: PTI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (left) with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav (Photo: PTI)

Attempts at striking some sort of a patch-up or compromise between the warring factions of the ruling (SP) having almost failed, both sides are now reconciled to a future of 'ekla chalo' (walk alone).

Sources say that the factions of party chief Yadav and his son, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, are bracing for "any eventuality", particularly in a situation where the (ECI) frees the party's symbol.

While political and constitutional experts opine that Yadav is better placed in his claim for the symbol and that he is likely to get it since the SP constitution clearly spells out in section 14, that only the national president can call a convention, the numbers — both of the lawmakers in the state assembly and party delegates seem to be stacked in Akhilesh Yadav's favour.

With uncertainty persisting and sources telling both sides that "to play safe" the poll panel might freeze the symbol, both parties are scouting for "acceptable brands" as their future vehicle to power. While the camp is learnt to have "conclusively decided" on the motorcycle as the symbol for its Akhil Bharatiya (ABSP), the Yadav group has opened talks with the Lok Dal that was founded by the late Prime Minister and farmers' leader Chowdhary Charan Singh in 1980 — and to which the SP patriarch once belonged.

Yadav had contested the 1985 assembly polls on the Lok Dal's 'hal jotata kisan' (farmer ploughing a field) symbol as its state unit president. The Lok Dal had then won 87 seats and Yadav was made the Leader of Opposition in the assembly.

The SP's and Shivpal Singh Yadav have already held parleys with the Lok Dal leadership and the two sides have reportedly been engaged in talks on a larger canvas, a source confirmed. Chowdhary Sunil Singh, the national president of Lok Dal, confirmed that the SP leaders were in contact said that he would be more than happy to accommodate Yadav in the party fold if the situation so arose.

"ji is one of the founder members of the Lok Dal and also the flag bearer of the legacy of Charan Singh.

It is sad that his very own son and party men have treated him so shabbily. We are more than happy to have Neta ji amid us, if it so happens" Sunil Singh said.

In the eventuality of the SP symbol being frozen or going to Akhilesh Yadav's group, the elder Yadav in all likelihood will soon have a home-coming and field candidates on the Lok Dal's symbol.

Yadav was upstaged by his estranged cousin and Rajya Sabha member and son on January 1 in a coup of sorts at a convention and was anointed the new boss.

He has, since then, termed the convention both illegal and unconstitutional and has refused to accept any resolution it passed. in that convention. The convention had, by a voice vote, removed Yadav as the national president, appointed him a mentor, elevated as the new party chief, expelled Rajya Sabha member from the party for six years and sacked Shivpal Singh Yadav.

Six rounds of talks between the warring factions have failed and a resigned-to-fate Yadav has made it amply clear that talks of bringing them together have failed. He also accused of moving ahead to split SP to see his MP son and daughter-in-law saved from the CBI which is probing their link in the multi-crore Yadav Singh scam.

Yadav Singh was the chief engineer of Noida Authority and son and daughter-in-law of were on the board of directors of one of the front shell companies the tainted engineer had floated. Yadav has also alleged that his cousin has held four meetings with BJP president Amit Shah to save his son, in return for which he will engineer a split in the SP. Yadav has, however, declared that he will not let the split happen, nor will he surrender the party symbol.

First Published: Fri, January 13 2017. 09:10 IST