Uttar pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Sunday inaugurated the office of Janeshwar Mishra Trust at Kalidas Marg, adjacent to the Samajwadi Party’s state headquarters and close to his own official residence in Lucknow.
Akhilesh, who is the chairman of the trust formed in 2013 “to propagate the socialist ideology of Jansehwar Mishra”, inaugurated the office in the presence of youth leaders who were expelled from the SP by state unit chief Shivpal Yadav last month for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Both Mulayam and Shivpal, who generally attend all events associated with Janeshwar Mishra, were not present at the event as they were not in Lucknow.
The expelled leaders were invited at the behest of the CM, sources said. They will now work from the trust office, which will act as a war room for Akhilesh ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls.
The expelled leaders, sources said, will be part of Akhilesh’s team that will strategise and actively contribute to the campaign. The youth leaders had played key role in management of Akhilesh’s campaign, including his rath yatra, before the 2012 Assembly polls.
The sources said that Akhilesh also held a brief meeting with members of the trust, which passed a proposal to increase the number of members. The trust until now had no permanent office and its meetings were held at the CM’s residence, SP headquarters or at the Ram Manohar Lohia Trust office.
Anand Bhadaurya, one of the youth leaders, said that he had been expelled but would keep working as a party supporter.
Sanjay Lathar, another youth leader, said he would “work to propagate the socialist ideology and for welfare of deprived sections of society under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav”. He would keep working to get Akhilesh “back in power as the state president”, he added.