On Thursday, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, had been unanimously re-elected as national president of the Samajwadi Party. This news was declared by the senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav at the party’s national convention in Agra. The 44-year-old year will now lead the party for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections and the scheduled Assembly election in 2022.
The tenure of the Samajwadi Party chief was for three years in the past, but the party constitution amended to extend it for five years. Just a day ahead of his re-election as the Samajwadi Party president, the 44-year-old leader’s estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav called and congratulated him. Akhilesh said that “I got the benefit of my age and our relation. He gave me blessings and congratulated me”. The Samajwadi Party chief also said that his party’s alliance with the Congress party will continue despite the fact of a poor show in the Assembly elections earlier this year. “Our friendship will remain,” said Akhilesh.
Lashing out at the Modi government over the failure of demonetization, Akhilesh said that “Our fears over the note ban have come true. Now its ill effects are visible. Voices of dissent are emanating even from within the BJP on the issue”. “Traders are groaning under the adverse impact of GST. The government has betrayed the business class by launching GST with much fanfare. Business has come to a standstill, inflation is rising and traders are in a state of mental shock,” the 44-year-old leader said. The former UP Chief Minister added that “The BJP rakes up issues to divide the society. Its favorite issues are cow and cow dung, shamshan (cremation ground) and kabristan (burial grounds) and not development”.