SP veterans Azam Khan and Shivpal Singh Yadav were conspicuous by their absence from the meeting.
Besides, Akhilesh was also authorised to pick the leader of the party in the Legislative Council.
Akhilesh is a member of the Upper House, where senior SP leader Ahmed Hasan leads the party. Akhilesh had on Monday nominated seniormost party MLA Ram Govind Chaudhary as the leader of the SP in the Assembly, paving the way for his becoming the LOP in the Assembly.
Both Azam Khan and Shivpal Singh Yadav, who were strong contenders for the post of LOP in the Assembly but failed to find favour with Akhilesh, gave a miss to Tuesday’s meeting.