Akhilesh camp tell EC they are real Samajwadi Party, Mulayam flies back to Lucknow

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Ram Gopal Yadav is believed to have told the Election Commission that the party led by Akhilesh Yadav was the real Samajwadi Party because 90 per cent of members with him.
This claim came even as Mulayam Singh Yadav said the faction represented by him was the real Samajwadi Party.
Meanwhile, in a sign of more truce, Mulayam returned to Lucknow on Tuesday morning after speaking to his son, Akhilesh Yadav, over the phone.
Sources said that the senior party leader, Azam Khan, was responsible for facilitating the phone call between the father and son, who have been at loggerheads for quite some time now.
Khan today said the possibility of a patch-up between the two factions headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh remains, asserting that anything is possible.

Khan, who had prevailed on Mulayam to revoke the expulsion of Akhilesh and cousin Ram Gopal Yadav before they “removed” him from the party president’s post, said he will do what he can to bring about a rapprochement.

“Anything is possible. Who would have thought that their expulsion would be revoked,” he told reporters.

A bitter critic of Mulayam’s close aide Amar Singh, Khan is seen as the party’s Muslims face and has maintained a neutral profile in public during the ongoing feud.

Even if the UP assembly poll dates are announced it will not mean that all doors on their unity are closed, he said.

Asked if the fight will adversely impact Muslim voters, a durable support base of the party, he said they would never want the SP government to go and will work to prevent the BJP from coming to power.

“There are upset and worried but there is still time left,” he said.

To questions about removal of Mulayam by the rival faction, Khad claimed he was not informed much about the recent developments.

Akhilesh, who is also the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had last week staged a ‘coup’ to dislodge his father from the party chief’s post.

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