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Busy putting own house in order, Samajwadi Party plays weak opposition

Sources said if party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav accepts his position as patron, the rift in the Yadav family would automatically end.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Aug 24, 2017, 12.02 AM IST
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Confusion over SP's ties with rival BSP seems to have marred the party’s credibility.
Confusion over SP's ties with rival BSP seems to have marred the party’s credibility.
NEW DELHI: Five months after it lost power in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party (SP) is struggling to project itself as the main Opposition party in the state.

The confusion over its alliance with its traditional rival BSP appears to have marred SP’s credibility. It is also struggling to rebuild its base due to the differences between former CM Akhilesh Yadav — the incumbent SP national president — and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav, who has virtually stopped targeting Akhilesh.

Although there are many potential issues such as the Saharanpur incident, deaths of children in Gorakhpur and the ongoing agitation by Shiksha Mitra, following the Supreme Court’s decision to cancel their appointment in the recent past, the SP could not capitalise on any of these incidents.

SP, however, was busy expanding its membership base. “We have made more than 2.75 cr members,” senior SP leader Arvind Singh told ET. Besides, SP also launched the “Desh Bachao, Desh Banao” programme to galvanise its workers.


Busy putting own house in order, Samajwadi Party plays weak opposition
The former CM is waiting for the SP’s “rashtriya adhiveshan” (national convention) which is likely to be held in September, said sources in the party. “The national convention will make the picture clear about SP’s preparation for the 2019 LS polls.

Akhileshji will be re-elected as national president and Mulayam Singhji is all set to become patron of the party. It will help Akhileshji tighten his grip over the party,” a source in SP told ET on phone from Lucknow.

Sources said if party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav accepts his position as patron, the rift in the Yadav family would automatically end. “Mulayam Singhji may persuade Akhilesh to settle his differences with Shivpal and rebuild the party,” the source explained.

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