Akhilesh Yadav re-elected as Samajwadi Party president

Akhilesh Yadav

SP spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said that if the tenure for the party chief is extended for five years and if Akhilesh is re-elected as the SP President, the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019, as well as the state assembly elections in 2022, will be held under his presidentship.

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.

Samajwadi Party held its national convention in Taj city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

Along with re-electing Akhilesh, the party is also expected to pass an amendment to its constitution, which would increase the terms of office-bearers from three to five years.

On the inaugural day, SP president Akhilesh Yadav will brief leaders about the party's agenda. Akhilesh Yadav seems to be little concerned and is confident that he can steer the party to the 2019 Lok Sabha poll without setting his house in order. He said that Akhilesh would leave for Agra from Lucknow by road in the morning and party workers will welcome him on the way. The task of competing with and stopping the BJP can only be done by Samajwadi people. "In future if we have to do a big rally to take on the BJP we will do that too", Yadav said at the event. Akhilesh had already cemented his position by replacing father Mulayam as the national president of the party. "He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also", Akhilesh said.

However, Shivpal Yadav quelled any speculations of a rift in the party as he congratulated Akhilesh Yadav on twitter.

The relationship between Shivpal and Akhilesh grew bitter in September past year when Mulayam replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal as state party chief.

However, the party's grand old man, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and his brother, Shiv Pal Yadav, were conspicuous by their absence.

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