In a surprise move, the Samajwadi Party Friday dissolved its entire Uttar Pradesh state, district, youth wing and other executives, PTI reported.
“Party president Akhilesh Yadav has dissolved all the state executive. All district executives, executives of youth and other wings have also been dissolved,” said senior party leader.
The party, however, retained state president Naresh Uttam, he added.
The development is being seen as an effort by the SP to recover its electoral base after its poor performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls when it won just five seats — the same as in 2014 — despite stitching a pre-poll alliance with the BSP and the RLD.
According to a party insider as quoted by PTI, Akhilesh began churning within the organisation the very day the results were out, with over a dozen Assembly by-polls not far away, and the bigger target of 2022 Assembly elections in mind.
“After the LS polls, party president Akhilesh Yadav has been meeting people and taking feedbacks from party workers and office-bearers. After going through all the aspects, the party executives will be reorganised with new ‘josh’ (enthusiasm) to take on the BJP,” party chief spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati, in June, ended her alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) announcing that her party would contest all future elections, “small and big”, on its own.
The BSP had won 10 of the 38 seats it contested, while the SP won 5 of the 37 seats from where it fielded candidates. The RLD, which was also a part of the alliance, drew a blank in all the three seats it contested.