Lucknow, Jan 7: All seems to be not well behind the temporary lull in the Samajwadi camps in Uttar Pradesh. Hectic parleys are on to forge a truce between the Son and Father factions of the ruling party in the state, especially against the background of the ensuing elections to the state assembly.
Party President Shivpal Yadav went to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at his residence in the capital city. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since Akhilesh has assumed the position of party president replacing his father ‘Netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav (MSY) in an internal coup.
Party insiders were tight-lipped on what transpired at the brief meeting. Shivpal later met his brother Mulayam as well. Sources say that Mulayam Singh is ready to accept Akhilesh as party president and has hinted that the party may go to polls under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav has in his possession the signed affidavits of almost all the party MLAs, MLCs and thousands of executive members of the party expressing their allegiance towards him.
The leader of the Akhilesh camp Ramgopal Yadav claimed they have collected signatures of 212 of the 229 MLAs, 56 of the 68 MLCs, 15 of the 24 MPs and a majority of the 5,000 delegates.
According to sources, Akhilesh Yadav was to go to Lucknow airport to receive his father but changed his plans at the last moment after he came to know that Amar Singh was also accompanying MSY.
Amar Singh, however, has offered to resign if that could help resolve the party imbroglio. Insiders say that a peace formula between son and father has almost been reached and the picture would be clear in a short period.