By Khurram Nizami, APN Lucknow
After a nosedive in the recently held UP assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party held its national executive meeting in Lucknow on Saturday. Former Chief Minister and party president Akhilesh Yadav presided over the meeting while SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav chose to skip it. The leaders of the party took stock of possible reasons behind the unprecedented defeat.
After the meeting, Yadav announced that the party would hold elections to various posts including party president before April 30. The party leadership and cadre will launch its membership drive on April 15.
Yadav said that his party will keep monitoring the performance of the Adityanath Yogi-led BJP government in the state. Replying to a question, the former chief minister also took a swipe at bureaucrats who, he said, were falling over themselves in order to please the incumbent CM.
The SP had 224 members out of 407 seats in the 16th assembly but has been reduced to just 47 seats after the recent elections.