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Two-day national convention of SP to be held in Taj City

06 October 2017

It is a measure of the guile that former U.P. chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has acquired from his father Mulayam Singh Yadav that he has completely outmanoeuvred his uncle Shivpal Yadav and settled the long-festering family feud in his own favour. The announcement to this effect was made by SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav.

Earlier, the Samajwadi Party chief had a tenure of three years but the party constitution was amended to extend it to five years. The convention is slated to pass its political resolution during the day. Sources close to Shivpal, however, said he may not attend the Agra convention as he was not an office-bearer in the party nor a delegate. He said that Akhilesh would leave for Agra from Lucknow by road in the morning and party workers will welcome him on the way.

Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power both in UP and at the centre, Akhilesh Yadav criticized key policy decisions of the Central government. He later also telephonically spoke to his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday evening, after nine months, to invite him for the party meet.

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"I have got the benefit of my age and our relation. He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also", he said. To another question, he was more explicit: "I want Netaji to be present in the convention". "I talked to him today and he said my blessing is with you and you also bless Akhilesh", Nanda said. This claim was however dismissed by the party patriarch on 25 September.

Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan said, "We were with "netaji" and Samajwadi Party and will remain so". In a special convention of the party on January 1, Akhilesh then replaced his father as party national president and removed Shivpal from his post in the party as well.

Two-day national convention of SP to be held in Taj City