Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday met the state Governor. The meeting comes a day after Samajwadi Party chief and Akhilesh’s father Mulayam Singh Yadav met his son and his opponent in the party, Mulayam Singh’s younger brother, Shivpal Yadav who is also the state party chief. Mulayam had put the onus on the CM to accept the terms of truce between Shivpal and Akhilesh so that the rift can be brought to an end so close to the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly election next year.
Here are key reasons why Akhilesh might have met the Governor:
The BJP has moved to target the CM and has raised questions whether enough MLAs back Akhilesh indicating a possible no-confidence motion as an option by the opposition party. Akhilesh may have chosen to meet the governor pre-empting any move by BJP to prove that the numbers are behind him and that his position as the CM is preserved. The SP came to power with 224 MLAs in the state and at least 185 are believed to directly back the CM. Akhilesh sits in a tough situation but seems to have the numbers in the 403 MLA assembly.
He may have also met to apprise the governor of the developments and current situation in the legislature party. Akhilesh will need to instill confidence in the governor that there is not a constitutional crisis in the state. Mulayam chose to not expel Akhilesh from his position as CM otherwise he would’ve had to ask the members to choose a new CM. In case he’d refuse, the party would appoint a whip to get the MLAs to vote against the CM in a no confidence motion. Secondly, if the MLAs choose to support another candidate for the post of CM, a feat Shivpal Yadav is capable of pulling off, then the governor can swear him in as the new CM of the state. In case Akhilesh’s camp fights with the new candidate and neither proves majority in the house, the governor can impose President’s Rule or dissolve the assembly and call for early elections. All scenarios seem adverse for Akhilesh and he would want to keep the governor in confidence.
Speculations are rife that after his tiff with his father, he may even tender his resignation as CM. Akhilesh broke down on stage at a party meeting in Lucknow where the young Yadav said that if “Netaji is not only my father but also by teacher and if he so wishes I will resign from my position immediately”.