Akhilesh re-elected SP president for next 5 years

Akhilesh re-elected SP president for next 5 years

Akhilesh re-elected SP president for next 5 years

Now that 44-year-old Akhilesh will remain at the helm for five years, the 2019 Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in2022 will be held under his presidentship.

He has to decide who is his prime enemy - his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, whom he toppled from the post of national president, his uncle Shivpal Yadav whom he marginalised or Prime Minister Narendra Modi, " quipped a senior SP leader, who had made a decision to stay away from the Agra convention.

The former chief minister was addressing a press conference in Agra, a day ahead of his party's two-day national convention, where he is set to be re-elected the SP chief.

Earlier, the Samajwadi Party chief had a tenure of three years but the party constitution was amended to extend it to five years.

Elected for five years, Akhilesh will be the final arbiter in ticket distribution for the next round of Lok Sabha and UP assembly polls.

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While Akhilesh Yadav has maintained that he enjoys his father Mulayam's blessings, the latter had recently put a lid to speculations on forming a separate political party with brother Shivpal. The task of competing with and stopping the BJP can only be done by Samajwadi people.

Akhilesh Yadav has already expressed his willingness to join hands with an anti-BJP alliance for 2019 and attended the "BJP hatao, desh bachao" opposition rally organized by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in Patna in August. "He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also", Akhilesh said.

"Time is running out for SP chief Akhilesh Yadav".

Sources told ThePrint that the call was part of ongoing efforts to reunite the warring Yadav parivar, which are being spearheaded by party founder and Akhilesh's father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

This is the Samajwadi Party's first regular convention that won't feature either Mulayam or Shivpal.

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