Lucknow: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was on Wednesday elected as the party's national president on the opening day of its national executive meet here. This is the ninth time that the ageing Socialist leader has ben elected as the SP national president. His tenure as SP chief will last for three years.
Interestingly, Janata Dal (U) chief Sharad Yadav is also attending the national executive meeting of the party, triggering speculations of a possible tie up between the two parties for future polls.
The three-day convention, which is likely to be a massive show if strength of the ruling Samajwadi Party, will be held at the newly-built Janeshwar Mishra Park here.
The Samajwadi Party, during its three-day meet, will look for new political alternatives and alignments to counter the emerging challenges on the political horizon. The convention would help the party to evaluate and discuss new political combinations and permutations at hand and decide upon the party's course in the next couple of years.
With Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader and former MP Jayant Chaudhary visiting the SP state president and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at the latter's official residence recently, speculation is rife over possibilities of a fresh tie-up between the two in UP.
The convention was inaugurated at 10 am with flag-hoisting followed by unveiling of a 25-foot statue of SP stalwart Janeshwar Misra by the party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The National Executive members would also be elected on the opening day of the meeting on October 8. On the same day, the political and economic resolutions would be moved followed by discussions. He said the discussions would continue on October 9 and the resolutions would be passed thereafter.
Around 15,000 party leaders and workers are attending the meeting and different committees had been set up for smooth operation of the event. The 'decoration committee' was entrusted with the task of decorating the entire city and the venue for the occasion. Several gates have been erected while big hoarding of the socialist leaders have also been put up on the main crossings of the city.
On the venue, several big LED screens have been put up so that the workers could watch their leaders and hear their speeches. A 40-member committee, headed by former Rajya Sabha member Bhagwati Singh, had made all the arrangements for the national convention where cultural programmes would also be organised every evening.
An open session of the national executive meeting will be held on October 10, followed by the presidential address.