The divide in the ruling Samajwadi Party seems far from getting bridged with youth leaders from the party’s frontal organisations constituting a separate organisation, “Akhilesh Sena”, which would launch a campaign in the run up to the 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh with the aim to help Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav become the chief minister again.
The “Sena” is led by Ashutosh Sinha who had resigned from the post of national secretary of Samajwadi Chhattra Sabha soon after senior leader and cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav was made SP state president replacing Akhilesh.
The leaders who have joined the Sena allege that Akhilesh has been denied his rightful due and was being neglected in the party organisation.
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The “Akhilesh Sena” was announced during a “Yuva Mahapanchayat” organised in Varanasi on Sunday where workers and former office bearers of SP’s different youth frontal organisations were present. The call for the “mahapanchayat” was given by Sinha, who has been appointed the state president of the newly formed organisation.
On Monday, Sinha applied for the registration of the “Akhilesh Sena” and said that organisational units up to the district level will be set up soon. “I will inform Akhilesh ji soon after the name of the “Sena” is registered as an organisation. We do not need permission from the party to set up the organisation,” he said.
Sinha had resigned from the post of national secretary of Samajwadi Chhattra Sabha last month after Shivpal expelled senior youth leaders of frontal organisations on charges of raising slogans against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav during a demonstration that was staged to demand restoring of the post of the state president to Akhilesh.
Speaking over the need of forming the Sena, Sinha claimed that Akhilesh was the role model for youths, but has been denied his rightful due in the organisation, especially after the developments in the party during last one month.
He further claimed that youths from Lohia Vahini, Mulayam Singh Yadav Youth Brigade, Samajwadi Chhattra Sabha and Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha from eastern UP have joined “Akhilesh Sena”.
Youth workers from Varanasi and adjoining districts like Ghazipur, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Chandauli had attended the “mahapanchayat”, he added.
“In the mahapanchayat, we discussed that Akhilesh is the only leader in the state who is concerned for youths. The “Akhilesh Sena” will work to popularise the achievements of Akhilesh Yadav government and ensure success of the welfare schemes launched by him by increasing the number of beneficiaries. We have made short films to display the works of Akhilesh government in masses,” said Sinha.
Asked about the formation of “Akhilesh Sena”, Samajwadi Party’s spokesperson, Mohd Shahid said that the party does not recognise any such organisation and also could not give permission for formation of any parallel frontal organisation. “If some people have formed such organisation, they would have done it in their personal capacity,” Shahid said.