Lucknow: Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Monday, postponed the national convention, scheduled for January 5, and sources said that the priority before him was to ensure that the cycle (party symbol) remains with him and is not ‘usurped’ by the Akhilesh faction.
Mr Shivpal Yadav, on Monday morning, tweeted that the convention has been called off on the directives of the party president. Mr Shivpal Yadav, in another tweet, asked party workers to concentrate on their respective constituencies and work hard to win the elections.
Within 24 hours of being deposed by his son Akhilesh from the post of party president, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters before leaving for Delhi that he was “completely healthy” and not unwell as was being reported in the media.
“I am fit and healthy and that is why I am going to Delhi. If I was unwell, would I be travelling? No one can accuse me of corruption or betrayal because I have always struck to the right path,” he said.
The reference was apparently to Mr Akhilesh’s statement that “some people” were making his father sign on typed letters without the latter being aware of the contents. Prof Ram Gopal Yadav, meanwhile said that, “If Mulayam has any problem, he should go to the Election Commission.”