In a clear sign that he is not ready to compromise till all his demands are met, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to go ahead with the emergency meeting of national executives tomorrow (1 January).
Only the venue of the meeting has been changed to Janeshwar Mishra Park from Ram Manohar Lohia Law University, owing to large numbers of party delegates who are expected to take part.
CM Akhilesh has promised to speak out tomorrow on what he perceives to be the real reasons for the differences in the party, including 'exposing those' who have been trying to sabotage things - a clear hint towards uncle Shivpal Yadav and 'outsider' Amar Singh. And that big decisions are expected.
Akhilesh, it appears, has not fallen for the bait thrown by uncle Shivpal who had plans to scuttle the emergency meet.
Akhilesh and senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav were earlier reinstated in the party, a day after being sacked. Mulayam seemed to be rattled by the support shown by MLAs and MLCs for Akhilesh in the hectic rounds of meetings held on 31 December morning.
To put things into perspective, only 17 party candidates for the forthcoming polls turned up for the meeting called by Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav while more than 202 MLAs were present in the meeting at the Chief Minister's 5 Kalidas Marg residence.
Post the meeting, senior leader Azam Khan, who had avoided both the meetings, met Mulayam Singh, and later got Akhilesh to meet his father.
Post the meeting between the two, Shivpal Yadav claimed that the party was ready to reconsider all pending issues raised by Akhilesh. He also unilaterally announced that the emergency meeting stood cancelled. Akhilesh's move to go ahead with it has put him on the backfoot.
"There is no truce as is being reported by the sections of the media," a close aide of the CM told Catch. "There are multiple issues which need to be sorted out including who gets to decide on who will contest in the forthcoming elections, throwing out people who have been trying to sabotage the hopes of the party in the coming polls," the aide said.
He was hinting towards the way the CM wants Amar Singh, the agent provocateur in this round of the family feud which has now been going on for a few months, sacked from the party and his membership of the Rajya Sabha taken away.
The CM also wants Shivpal Yadav, who is said to have chief ministerial ambitions, to be sidelined from the party. Shivpal was appointed as the state president of the party in September, as the infighting brewed, in an attempt by the party chief to put Akhilesh in his place.
However, the move backfired as a large number of MLAs gravitated towards the CM. In early October, for example, when the BJP was demanding that Akhilesh prove his majority on the floor. At that point, party insiders said that Akhilesh had a letter of support from 204 MLAs.
"There is a big possiblity that the party delegates may push for Akhilesh to take over as the chief of the party and Mulayam Singh be relegated to an advisory role, something the BJP has done with its group of older leaders," the aide pointed out.
Edited by Jhinuk Sen