Defiant Akhilesh releases own list of 235
In a virtual rebellion against his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav late on Thursday released his own list of 235 candidates for the 2017 assembly elections.
Lucknow: In a virtual rebellion against his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav late on Thursday released his own list of 235 candidates for the 2017 assembly elections.
The move, indicating parting of ways between the two factions of the ruling party led by Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav, also confirms that the family patriarch Mulayam Singh has failed to pacify the warring duo.
Earlier, throughout the day, hectic political activity took place in the state capital. While supporters of legislators dropped from the official SP list protested outside both the houses of Chief Minister and the party chief, Akhilesh Yadav was closeted with his close aides for most of the day.
Shivpal met his elder brother Mulayam Singh. The swift late night development from the Akhilesh camp came a day after SP supremo released the official list of 325 candidates, denying tickets to several Akhilesh loyalists.
Mulayam Singh had, in his press meet on Wednesday, ruled out projection of Akhilesh as the party's chief ministerial candidate.
It is now most likely that the candidates declared by Akhilesh Yadav will contest on different symbols as Independent candidates.
Prominent among those figuring in the list are ministers Arvind Singh Gope, Pawan Pandey and Ram Govind Chaudhary, who are the hardcore Akhilesh loyalists denied ticket by Mulayam.
The candidates were declared by Akhilesh hours after he held a meeting with his loyalists, including MLAs, who were left out of the list of 325 announced by Mulayam on Wednesday.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 seats. Akhilesh has been unhappy over the declaration of candidates by Mulayam which included certain names to whose nomination the Chief Minister had strong reservation.
Mulayam, along with his brother and state party unit chief Shivpal, had announced the names at a hurriedly-convened press conference on Wednesday when Akhilesh was away on a tour of Bundelkhand.