Caretaker chief minister and national president of the Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the BJP government in the state might rechristen SP government’s schemes to mislead the people.
Addressing a meeting of the newly-elected SP MLAs at the party headquarters here, Yadav also advocated the use of ballots instead of electronic voting machines in future.
In the meeting, the SP MLAs authorised Yadav to nominate the leader of opposition and other office-bearers.
Reiterating his claim that the BJP had copied SP’s poll manifesto, he said it was time for the BJP to fulfill the promises it made to the people in its “plagiarised” document.
Giving pep talk to SP leaders and MLAs, Yadav said: “There is no need to be disheartened. Be prepared for the struggle now. We did some great work, and sooner or later, people will value it. Struggle is SP’s character and we will move ahead. Once we could win only 34 seats in an election but in less than three years we returned to power.”
The meeting was the first since the SP faced a crushing defeat in the state assembly election. The party has come down to 47 MLAs from its tally of 223 in 2012.
National executive on March 25
The Samajwadi Party has summoned the national executive meet on March 25 to discuss change in procedure for formation of district and state committees, change in party’s constitution, and the launch of a new membership drive.
Akhilesh, Shivpal share dais but don’t exchange words
Contrary to speculations, Shivpal Yadav, the estranged uncle of caretaker CM Akhilesh Yadav, attended the first meeting of SP MLAs on Thursday.
The two leaders shared the dais after a gap of 104 days but did not exchange words.
After Shivpal entered the hall, he headed towards the audience area instead of the dais. However, senior party leader and SP MLA Azam Khan pulled Shivpal on to the stage.
Shivpal and Akhilesh had last met at the residence of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in the second week of January but it was a closed-door meeting.
Before the MLAs’ meet, Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan, Shivpal Yadav and MLA Ram Govind Chaudhary stayed in a room at the party office, but here too, Shivpal and Akhilesh did not speak to each other.