Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav seems to be emerging
as the next Chief Minister of Uttar pradesh, Samajwadi party
sources said tonight, a day ahead of the SP legislature party
Officially, a decision on 38-year-old state SP president
Akhilesh or his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav would be taken
only tomorrow at the legislature party meeting being held
within four days after the SP swept to power with a thumping
win in the state Assembly polls.
Party sources said that the senior members like Azam Khan
and Akhilesh`s uncle, Shivpal Singh Yadav, who were in favour
of the father taking over as CM, were spoken to by Mulayam
It was not clear whether they had come around to
Akhilesh`s appointment but there were indications that he
would be handed over reins of the state.
There reports that Azam Khan will be offered the UP
Assembly Speaker`s post while Shivpal will be accomodated with
a key ministerial portfolio.
On his part, Mulayam Singh kept up the suspense. "We
don`t have anything to say today. The legislature party will
meet tomorrow when the leader will be chosen. All MLAs and MPs
will take part in the meeting,"he told reporters here.
Akhilesh too added to the guessing game by evading
questions on the chief ministership issue.
Ever since the election results were out, there has been
speculation as to who would be the chief minister. A number of
newly-elected MLAs want Akhilesh as the new CM, crediting him
with the party`s change of fortunes with his spirited campaign
before and during the elections.
The SP got a majority in the 403-member Assembly by
winning 224 seats.