Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reached Raj Bhawan in Lucknow to meet Governor Ram Naik, news agency ANI reported. The reason behind the meeting is not known but Raj Bhawan sources told PTI that the chief minister briefed the governor on the prevailing political situation in the state.
The meeting assumes significance in the wake of a widening rift within the ruling Samajwadi Party. Akhilesh has had differences chiefly with Shivpal Yadav, his uncle and brother of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Shivpal, who used to be a cabinet minister in the state government, was sacked by the chief minister recently.
Although Mulayam held a press conference Tuesday declaring that the ‘parivar’ (family) and the party is united, differences still persist within the party. He also said the elected legislators of the party will select the chief minister after the party wins a majority in the assembly elections.