Samajwadi Party stands divided on eve of Presidential polls

Ivan Schwartz
July 17, 2017

Earlier, as per reports, it was said that the NCP has extended its support to Kovind, leading to a huge gain for the NDA and loss for the Opposition.

On the eve of voting for the President's post, divisions emerged in the Samajwadi Party with the majority of the SP MLAs preparing to vote for UPA candidate Meira Kumar and the faction owing allegiance to Mulayam Singh Yadav professing support to NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday. Soon after the meeting, Samajwadi party spokespersons told the media that Akhilesh had asked all MPs and MLAs of the party to vote for Meira Kumar in the July 17 elections.

The remarks came just two ahead of the Presidential election which is elected by an electoral college that's formed by 776 Parliamentarians and 4,120 legislators.

That Mulayam voted for Kovind was indicated by senior Samajwadi Party leader and Mulayam's brother Shivpal Yadav.

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Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav was removed from the party's national president post and made a patron by Mr. Akhilesh Yadav in January 2017 at the peak of dissidence in the then ruling party which led to a drubbing the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Mulayam's vote for Kovind became a foregone conclusion the very day he openly described him as a "strong candidate". "Ram Nath Kovind is a good candidate". However, most party MLAs are likely to back Meira Kumar based on Akhilesh's pledge to support her. "Akhilesh Yadav is the party president". I have a very old relationship with him. BJP has selected a strong candidate.

With the father-son duo again at loggerheads, the votes of the Samajwadi party are all set to be divided in the Presidential election. 5 Lok Sabha MPs and 31 Rajya Sabha MPs who are part of the electoral college.

The Samajwadi Party veterans' support to Kovind was also acknowledged by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Other reports by GizPress

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