In all likelihood, the Samajwadi party at its National Convention at Agra later this week will amend the party constitution to extend its president’s tenure from three to five years thereby finally settle festering leadership issues and snuff out any potential rebellion against Akhilesh Yadav. It is proposed that the convention — the highest decision-making body of the party — will pass a resolution to make necessary changes in the party constitution.
The amendments once passed, would ensure the next round of Lok Sabha and UP Assembly polls will be held under Akhilesh’s leadership. Yadav scion, as the president, thus will be the final signing authority in ticket distribution for all the elections.The move is aimed at mobilizing party cadre ahead of the UP local body polls and thereafter general elections in 2019. By empowering Akhilesh as the sole arbiter in ticket distribution, the party seems to be sending a clear and categorical message to rebel faction led by Akhilesh’s uncle and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger brother Shivpal Yadav. The chacha-bhateeja fell out last year ahead of the UP Assembly polls. Amid souring family ties, Akhilesh Yadav convened an emergency meeting of the national convention on the new-years-day to replace father Mulayam Singh Yadav as the national president of the Samajwadi Party.