Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav to be Leader of Opposition in Assembly, uncle Shivpal fumes

Rashmi Sharma | Updated on: Saturday, March 26, 2022, 07:00 PM IST

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav  | Photo: PTI
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav | Photo: PTI

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav would be the leader of opposition in the Uttar Pradesh state assembly.

The newly elected legislators of SP have chosen former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as their leader. In the meeting of SP legislators on Saturday, senior party leader Awadhesh Prasad and Lalji Verma mooted this proposal, which was unanimously accepted. Later on, the UP assembly secretariat issued a letter recognizing Akhilesh Yadav as the leader of opposition.

Akhilesh Yadav has been elected legislator from Karhal, Mainpuri assembly seat. Prior to this, he was Member of Parliament from Azamgarh. After being elected from UP assembly, he had resigned from parliament last week.

Meanwhile, uncle of Akhilesh and MLA from Jaswantnagar, Shivpal Yadav has expressed unhappiness on not being invited in the meeting of SP legislators. While talking to media on Saturday, Shivpal said that phone calls were made to legislators from SP office to attend Saturday’s meeting but none invited me. This was the reason behind me not attending the SP legislators meet. Very soon, I will inform about my next step to the media, said Shivpal.

However, the SP chief Akhilesh said that a separate meeting of all those allies contested on our party symbol would be called on March 28. Be it Shivpal Yadav, Pallavi Patel or Rajbhar all would attend the March 28 meeting, said SP chief.

The state president of SP, Naresh Uttam Patel said that Akhilesh Yadav would raise issues concerned with the people in the state assembly and oppose the wrong policies of government. When asked about the absence of Shivpal in the SP legislators meet, Naresh Patel said only party men were invited in it. Shivpal Yadav though contested on SP symbol but he has his own party in the name of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL). His party had an alliance with SP in the recently held UP assembly polls.

Earlier on Saturday, the Chief of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) Jayant Choudhury met with Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. The meeting between the two lasted for about an hour in which the future programme of alliance was discussed. RLD is a part of SP alliance and both parties had contested UP assembly polls together.

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Published on: Saturday, March 26, 2022, 07:00 PM IST