Lucknow: Political crises seems to be deepened in Samajwadi Party ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections in 2017, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has decided not to attend silver jubilee celebration of SP and will start his poll campaigning on November 3rd.
In a letter addressed to his father and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh wrote, in his official capacity as the chief minister, that he will be going ahead with the ‘vikas rath yatra’ as planned.
In a fresh twist to the ongoing turf battle in the ruling Samajwadi Party , Akhilesh wrote a letter to his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday informing him that he would be setting out on the campaign trail from November 3rd.
In a one-page letter, copies of which were also sent to the SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and state unit chief Shivpal Singh Yadav, Akhilesh said that already a lot of time has been lost due to “some reasons” and the party can ill-afford to further delay its poll campaign for the state assembly elections scheduled for early next year.
The ‘Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra’ aboard a specially improvised Mercedes bus was initially scheduled for October 3, but had to be postponed after a bitter power struggle broke out in the Yadav clan, with Shivpal Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav openly caught in a battle of words.
Citing the delay and pointing out that other parties were already in poll mode, the Chief Minister said that to return to power, the campaign has to be started right away without any further delay.
Akhilesh has also written that the details of the programme would be, from time to time, informed to the district presidents of the party.
The last lines of the letter are terse-as the Chief Minister says the letter was being “humbly” sent to him for information.
Sources in the party told media persons that the Mulayam Singh Yadav camp is likely to take unkindly to the development as the party president was being intimated, and not his permission being sought.