In what seems to be the sign of worsening infighting in Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday announced his decision to embark on ‘Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra’ alone from November 3. It is speculated that Akhilesh might skip his party’s silver jubilee celebrations which begins in Lucknow on November 5.
There are speculations that Akhilesh may even float his own party. Sources say that an attempt to derail him from going ahead with the Yatra could lead to another crisis in the party.
In a letter to his father and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Chief Minister declared his intention to commence the yatra saying, “I had decided to take out the yatra from October 3 but it was cancelled due to some reasons. I will take out the ‘Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra’ from November 3”
Akhilesh’s yatra is seen as a move to truncate the influence of Shivpal, who had been appointed the new state party president in his place. Akhilesh has also sent copies of the letter to state party chief Shivpal Yadav and National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav.
He said yatra’s detailed programme will be communicated to district presidents and party workers in due course.