Akhilesh skips crucial Samajwadi Party meeting, despite Shivpal’s invitation

Photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Lucknow: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today skipped a crucial party meeting of Samajwadi Party convened by state unit chief and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.

Akhilesh did not attend the meeting of district presidents of the Samajwadi Party even though Shivpal drove down to his residence today to invite him for the event personally.

The meeting was called to discuss the 2017 assembly elections and to prepare for a silver jubilee function of the ruling party scheduled for November 5th.

According to the sources, the Chief Minister was in no mood to compromise on his stated opposition to entry of criminals and re-entry of ministers accused of graft into the SP and demand for complete say in deciding tickets for the upcoming state assembly elections in 2017.

Shivpal Singh Yadav told all the SP’s district presidents during the meeting that Akhilesh will be Chief Minister again if voted to power in the 2017 elections.

He told party leaders, “I am ready to give it in writing on a stamp paper that if we win a majority, Akhilesh will be the next Chief Minister.”