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Akhilesh Yadav Has Forged A New Force In Indian Politics


Taking a longer view of developments in the Samajwadi Party, it can safely be said that it is immaterial who wins the “cycle race”, that is, which faction is allotted the bicycle symbol. In fact, so convoluted is the scenario that it is not even certain that there are two clear factions, and it is equally uncertain if the party ... Read More »

Lalu Pings Akhilesh Yadav Who Politely But Firmly Says ‘No Thanks’


LUCKNOW: Lalu Yadav’s exercise in How to Win Friends and Influence People found no traction with Akhilesh Yadav, who took just minutes to reject the Bihar politician’s proposal on making peace with his father, Mulayam Singh. Lalu, as he is known, told reporters today that last night, he phoned Akhilesh Yadav, the 43-year-old Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and urged ... Read More »

Akhilesh Will Be Chief Minister: Mulayam Singh’s Big Climbdown


LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and estranged father Mulayam Yadav could meet tomorrow morning in Lucknow to revisit attempts at burying their differences – or at least compute a workable solution that would prevent their Samajwadi Party from splitting ahead of the election that begins next month, said sources this evening. “Akhilesh will be the Chief Minister after the election,” ... Read More »

Akhilesh Yadav Was 4…We Practically Raised Him, Says Amar Singh


LUCKNOW:  Amar Singh, the Samajwadi Party lawmaker with a cameo in the big Yadav feud in Uttar Pradesh, went on an emotional track today when asked about Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reportedly asking father Mulayam Singh Yadav to dump him to enable a truce. “Akhilesh was four years old. His education…his private life, we have contributed to it, I am ... Read More »

Akhilesh claims majority support


Even as the Election Commission is considering which Samajwadi Party faction should be given the “cycle” symbol, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday claimed he had the support of the majority of the SP’s legislators, who signed a document here affirming him as their leader. More than 210 of the SP’s 229 MLAs (in the 403-member Assembly) and ... Read More »

Akhilesh Yadav Takes Back Party Workers Suspended By Uncle Shivpal


LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has revoked the suspension of four district presidents of Samajwadi Party. The four had been suspended some time ago by his uncle Shivpal Yadav, whom the Chief Minister has openly accused of acting against the party. Mr Yadav signed the order as the “national president” of the Samajwadi Party. He has also called ... Read More »