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AKHILESH ELECTED AS SP CHIEF FOR THIRD TERM - SP cadres to be ready to fill prisons against the misrule of BJP : Akhilesh Yadav

AKHILESH ELECTED AS SP CHIEF FOR THIRD TERM - SP cadres to be ready to fill prisons against the misrule of BJP : Akhilesh Yadav

September 30, 2022 07:50 AM
AKHILESH ELECTED AS SP CHIEF FOR THIRD TERM - SP cadres to be ready to fill prisons against the misrule of BJP : Akhilesh Yadav

By Mohammad Tarique Saleem

Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has been unanimously re-elected president of the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the third consecutive time at the national convention held at Rambai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow on 28 & 29 September. The party's national general secretary, Ram Gopal Yadav, announced the appointment of Mr. Akhilesh Yadav. In his speech Akhilesh Singh Yadav asked the SP cadres to be ready to fill prisons against the misrule. "Samajwadi people should be ready to fill up jails as the time has come now. Our leader Mulayam Singh has even said that when you are not getting justice, then, this is the way ahead," said Mr. Yadav.

Many party leaders pitched for Mr. Yadav's candidature for prime ministership, but in his speech, Mr. Yadav, 49, stated that focus should be on the bigger target to defeat the divisive forces which are threatening the harmony of the country. The SP chief attacked the BJP, alleging that the ruling dispensation is against farmers, youth and women. In its political-economic resolution passed during the convention, the party alleged that unemployment and inflation were rising and the BJP government had failed on all fronts. "Due to the wrong policies of the BJP government, inflation has increased to unimaginable magnitude; it has broken the back of the Indian citizen. The government is doing no work to control the unemployment rate. It is busy taking away the rights given by the Constitution to Dalits and backward communities," reads the resolution.

Samajwadi Party (SP) is focusing on strengthening its organisational structure in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha election and is in no mood to form a coalition in the State with the other political parties such as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Indian National Congress (INC), due to the bitter experiences from the 2017 Assembly and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The SP believes that along with its existing smaller allies such as the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) it is capable of defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2024 election. “The SP will fight the 2024 Parliamentary polls with its existing alliance partners and is capable enough to defeat the ruling BJP. The public mood is against the government. There is no question of any alliance with the BSP or the Congress,” said the Party’s chief few days later.

SP is confident of a good show in the 2024 general election as its own vote share increased by more than 10% and was ahead in at least 24 Lok Sabha constituencies in the 2022 Assembly election. More than 36% votes in the polls and despite all the tactics by the BJP we were ahead in 24 Parliamentary seats.” The SP also believed that the issues such as rising unemployment and price rise would act as a catalyst for the party and its smaller partners to bridge the gap of votes with the BJP in 2024.

Set up in 1992, the SP formed government thrice in Uttar Pradesh and continues to be a contender in India's most populous State. The party's major support base comes from M-Y (Muslim and Yadav) community along with sections of other OBCs. Since 2017, Mr. Yadav has been trying to rope in the non-Yadav OBCs and Dalits by forming different alliances with the political parties.

 

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