Kolkata: The Samajwadi Party’s two-day national executive meet began in Kolkata on Wednesday. The meet is being attended by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, other senior party leaders and workers.
The meeting is expected to give “a final shape to the party’s political agenda”, reported a leading daily.
According to Shyamdhar Pandey, general secretary of the SP’s Bengal unit, the national executive will also finalise the electoral strategy for the 2014 General Elections.
At the two-day meet, senior SP leaders will discuss a strategy to not only strengthen the party`s base outside Uttar Pradesh in 2014 polls but also consolidate its support in the state to repeat its performance in the Assembly polls, party sources said.
Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has already fixed a target of achieving 60 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha polls so that SP could play a leading role in the national arena. The SP currently has 22 members in the Lok Sabha.
Besides UP, SP also wants to focus on Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh to improve its tally in the Lok Sabha, they said.
The executive will have an agenda to build a proper organisational structure of the party outside UP besides looking for winnable candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. The executive will also make an assessment of the political situation in the country.
The meeting was originally scheduled to be held on July 10 and 11, but was postponed after differences between the SP and Trinamool Congress following Mulayam’s backtracking on its support to Mamata Banerjee during the Presidential Elections.
The meeting in the West Bengal capital coincides with the Akhilesh Yadav government completing six months.
There were reports that Mulayam and Mamata could meet Mamata in Kolkata, but there is no confirmation yet of any such meeting.