Akhilesh Yadav set to be re-elected as Samajwadi Party chief
Akhilesh Yadav set to be re-elected as Samajwadi Party chief

LUCKNOW: At the party's national convention on Thursday in Lucknow, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav is expected to win re-election for a third consecutive term as the party's national president.

Naresh Uttam Patel, the head of the Uttar Pradesh unit, is also likely to keep his position,  Samajwadi Party sources said.

On October 5, 2017, Akhilesh Yadav and Naresh Uttam won election to the positions they currently hold at the SP's national convention in Agra.

At the party's emergency national meeting, which was convened on January 1, 2017, in the midst of the Yadav family conflict, Akhilesh had previously succeeded his father Mulayam Singh Yadav as SP national president, while Naresh Uttam Patel had succeeded Akhilesh's uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.

The party revised its constitution to change the term of the national and state president from three years to five years when the Agra convention re-elected Akhilesh and Naresh.

Akhilesh Yadav disbanded the party's national and state executives on July 3 following the results of the 2022 elections for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The Samajwadi Party is currently busy with its membership drive.

It was on October 5, 2017 that Akhilesh was unanimously elected national president of the Samajwadi Party at the party’s national convention in Agra. He was re-anointed to the position uncontested. Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had, however, stayed away from it.

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