Many Akhilesh supporters have been denied ticket, including minister Pawan Pandey from Ayodhya, Ramgovind Choudhary from Baansdeeh and Arvind Singh Gope from Ramnagar.
Though the 235 candidates list of Akhilesh was not issued officially and it was put in the public domain through social media, but the act has put the future of the Samajwadi Party in the stake. They will go ahead with the finalised list.
In a snub to his son Akhilesh Yadav, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav declared candidates for 325 of the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh in his absence and ruled out alliance with any party for the upcoming polls, virtually putting paid to prospects of a Bihar-type grand coalition.
Akhilesh Yadav, who was not present in Lucknow when the list was announced, met his father on Thursday and conveyed his displeasure over the list of candidates.
Earlier in the day, putting to test his popularity and support base among the party cadre, the CM asked his supporters to go to their constituencies and contest the polls on different symbols. Today, Akhilesh was in Jhansi where he said he would speak with his supporters who didn't get tickets, while Shivpal stood by the side of his brother at the press conference in Lucknow.
Among those who have made it to the SP's list of candidates is Akhilesh's notable detractor Atiq Ahmed, who faces 44 serious criminal charges-including that of murder.
Akhilesh was originally tipped to spend three consecutive days in Bundelkhand, campaigning for the Samajwadi Party on board his Vikas Rath.
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On Thursday, Akhilesh called a meeting to hear the grievances of those ministers and MLAs who did not receive party tickets.
Names of candidates for rest of the 78 seats would be announced soon, he said.
Akhilesh's name did not figure in the first list. We are "Akhileshwadi" and will contest the election on the name of Bhaiya (Akhilesh).
With his political survival in perils Akhilesh Yadav was forced to take this intransigent stand after his long meeting with Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav failed to yield any result. Reports suggest that of the 325 candidates announced, 162 were handpicked by Shivpal Yadav. Mulayam, however, said that his son being the Chief Minister can contest from any assembly seat he wishes to.
Meanwhile Akhilesh said 'I have come to know (about the announcement) and will talk to Netaji for those (aspirants) who names have been omitted'.
After the meeting, Akhilesh asked his aides to prepare for the elections, indicating that their meeting may have been inconclusive and differences persist.