Tuesday, 10 January 2017 |ONT Bureau : | New Delhi In yet another twist in the Samajwadi Party’s internecine war on Monday, party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav said that Akhilesh Yadav would be the chief ministerial face of the party in the forthcoming Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. The late night announcement came hours after Mulayam met officials of the Election Commission of India in New Delhi and claimed his right over the SP’s election symbol.
“I want to make it clear that Akhilesh Yadav would be the next Chief Minister of the State,” he told a private news channel in Lucknow immediately after his hour-long meeting with Shivpal Singh Yadav and tainted Minister Gayatri Prajapati.
Declaring the chief ministerial candidate was one of the major issues fuelling the feud between the father and the son. Mulayam had earlier refused to project Akhilesh as the CM face and claimed that the Legislature Party would elect a new CM. He had even said that he himself was elected the CM by the Legislature Party.