Samajwadi Party

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Samajwadi Party
"समाजवादी पार्टी"
Abbreviation SP
President Akhilesh Yadav
Lok Sabha leader Mulayam Singh Yadav
Rajya Sabha leader Ram Gopal Yadav
Founder Mulayam Singh Yadav
Founded 10 April 1992 (24 years ago) (1992-04-10)
Headquarters 18 Copernicus Lane, New Delhi, India
Newspaper Samajwadi Bulletin[1]
Student wing Samajwadi Chatra Sabha[2]
Youth wing Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha
Ashish yadav Youth Brigade[3]
Women's wing Lohiya Vahini
Samajwadi Party Mahila Sabha[4]
Ideology Secularism
Liberalism
Democratic socialism[5]
Political position Center-left
Colours Red and Green
ECI Status State Party[6]
Alliance Left Front (1992-2015)
Janata Parivar (2015-2015)
Seats in Lok Sabha
5 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
19 / 245
Website
www.samajwadiparty.in

Samajwadi Party (SP; translation: Socialist Party; founded 4 October 1992) is an Indian political party in India headquartered in New Delhi and a recognised state party in Uttar Pradesh, a northern state in India. It describes itself as a democratic socialist party.[7]

The Samajwadi Party was one of several parties that emerged when the Janata Dal (People's League) fragmented into several regional parties. The Samajwadi Party is led by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav after he was chosen as the Party Chief in the National Convention held on 1 January 2017, against the will of his father, the founder of the party.

Electoral record[edit]

The Samajwadi Party is primarily based in Uttar Pradesh State. It has contested Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections around the country, though its successes have been mainly in Uttar Pradesh. In the assembly election in Madhya Pradesh in 2003, the Samajwadi Party gained 7 seats, making it the third largest party in the state. When its candidate won the by-election of Lanji (Balaghat) in 2007, its total tally reached 8. In the 2012 legislative assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh, SP registered a landslide victory with a clear majority in the House, thus enabling it to form the government in the state. This was expected to be the fifth term of Mulayam Singh Yadav as Chief Minister of state, but he surprised everyone by selecting his son, Akhilesh Yadav, to be the new chief minister (the youngest ever). It became official on 15 March. It was also the first time that SP was head of the UP government for a full term of 5 years.[8][9]

Position in state and national politics[edit]

The Samajawadi Party was providing outside support to the United Progressive Alliance government till the sixteenth general election, After sixteenth general election its support becomes insignificant as UPA becomes largest alliance. It contested the 2009 general election in alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Lok Janshakti Party of Bihar.[10]

In the last general election Samajwadi Party was defeated by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.[11] It is currently thirteenth largest party in parliament.[12] In general elections in 2014, it won only 5 seats, Indian National Congress with 44 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party getting a clear mandate of 282 seats.

In West Bengal, West Bengal Socialist Party of Kiranmoy Nanda had merged with SP. SP has two MLAs in Bihar and one MLA each in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

In April 2014, the Save Family Foundation encouraged voters to support Samajwadi Party or vote none of the above because Samajwadi Party stated that it opposes the alleged misuse of gender bias laws.[13]

Muzzaffarnagar Case[edit]

The clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India in August - September 2013, resulted in at [14] least 9 deaths and injured 34 after which an indefinite curfew was imposed.[15] By 17 September, the curfew was lifted from all riot affected areas and the army was also withdrawn. Several people associated with Bharatiya Janta Party including Sangeet Som were accused.[citation needed]

The riot has been described as "the worst violence in Uttar Pradesh in recent history"; the army's deployment was its first in the state for 20 years.[16] The Supreme court blamed the ruling government of not handling the situation well. In reaction to this, Akhilesh Yadav warned of strict action against those found guilty.[17] He also blamed a political conspiracy behind these riots.[18] He also announced jobs to the kins of the people who were killed during the riots[19]

Proposed merger[edit]

In 2014, there was a proposed merger of Samajwadi Party with some other Janata Parivar parties uniting with Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar.[20]

Family feud[edit]

Since Akhilesh Yadav became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the Yadav family has been divided into two feuding groups. One of the groups is led by him with the support of his father's cousin, Ram Gopal Yadav. The rival group is led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and supported by his brother, Shivpal Singh Yadav, and a friend, Amar Singh. Akhilesh Yadav has fired his uncle twice from his cabinet as it was seen by many as a direct challenge to his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has steadily supported his younger brother Shivpal over him.[21]

Battle in the family fired up when Akhilesh Yadav released a parallel list of 235 candidates for 2017 Uttar Pradesh election. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav already has released list of 325 candidates few days before.[22]

On 30 December 2016, Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years on the grounds of indiscipline but re-inducted within 24 hours after a meet of 200 of the party’s 229 MLAs at Akhilesh residence.

National Convention of January 2017[edit]

In a National Convention held on 1 January 2017 called by Ram Gopal Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav was declared the National President of Samajwadi Party. Naresh Chandra Uttam was named as Uttar Pradesh state president of the party.

In the mean time Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled Ram Gopal Yadav for six years for the third time in six months. Expulsion also included vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda and state general secretary Naresh Agarwal were also expelled for attending the convention.[23][24]

Due to the convention, the party is apparently divided and is headed by two competing presidents. Akhilesh Yadav and his father both are representing themselves as party presidents. However the constitution of the party categorically states that any convention can only be called by its president and if an other member wants a convention to be called, he has to collect the signatures of 40 percent members and submit it to national predident. If the president then fails to call the convention that individual member may call for the convention. In this case however, Akhilesh Faction has acted against the party constitution and technically Mulayam Singh Yadav is still the party president.[25]

Election Commission Gets Involved[edit]

After the national convention was declared illegal by Mulayam Singh Yadav and further truce talks failed Mulayam Singh along with Amar Singh and Jaya Prada decided to go to the Election Commission to sort out the matter.[26]

The Election Commission gave time till January 9 to submit the related documents to both sides to submit required documents that show support of the party members. The Akhilesh camp submitted affidavits showing notable support for the Chief Minister on January 7 two days before the deadline.[27]

The Election Commission then fixed January 13 as the date for hearing the Samajwadi Party (SP) factions led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav to settle the dispute over control of the party and its election symbol, ‘cycle’.[28] The Election Commission heard both factions for about 4 hours and reserved its order on who gets ownership to the party’s cycle symbol. The Akhilesh faction was represented by senior lawyers Rajeev Dhavan and Kapil Sibal and Mulayam Singh faction was represented by senior advocate and former Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran. Mr. Parasaran argued that the Election Commission lacked jurisdiction to allocate the symbol to one of the factions as there was no split in the party such as SP (Mulayam) and SP (Akhilesh) and there was no splinter group. He also said the meeting called by Ramgopal Yadav on January 1, in which Mr. Akhilesh was elected Samajwadi Party president, was not in accordance with the party’s constitution and therefore, was illegal and unauthorised.[29]

On January 16 the election commission announced its decision and Akhilesh Yadav was declared the rightful owner of his Samajwadi Party's symbol, the cycle.[30]

Notable SP figures[edit]

  • Mulayam Singh Yadav, Founder of Samajwadi Party. He was the President of Samajwadi Party until he was deposed by his son Akhilesh Yadav in a national convention called by Ram Gopal Yadav which Mulayam Singh termed illegal. He is currently Member of Lok Sabha from Azamgarh (UP) and mentor of UP State Government led by Akhilesh Yadav.
  • Akhilesh Yadav, National President of Samajwadi Party and incumbent Chief Minister of UP and former state President.
  • Azam Khan, National General Secreatry, 8th Time MLA Rampur, Minority Welfare, Parliamentary affairs, Urban development Minister in UP Government, Muslim Face of Samajwadi Party
  • Ram Gopal Yadav, member of the Rajya Sabha representing the Samajwadi Party.
  • Shivpal Singh Yadav, senior member, P.W.D. Minister in UP Government[31]
  • Dharmendra Yadav, MP from Badaun, Youth Leader
  • Naresh Chandra Uttam, Founding MLA of Samajwadi Party. Currently he is UP State President[32] of Samajwadi Party, Member of UP State Legislative Council. Other Backward Caste [33] especially Kurmi face of Samajwadi Party in state politics.
  • Naresh Chandra Agrawal, member of the Rajya Sabha
  • Abu Azmi, President of the Maharashtra state branch of the Samajwadi Party
  • Jaya Bachchan, member of the Rajya Sabha & film actress
  • Chandrapal Singh Yadav, member of the Rajya Sabha
  • Dimple Yadav, Member of the Indian Parliament form Kannauj
  • Rewati Raman Singh, former Member of the Indian Parliament form Allahabad
  • Beni Prasad Verma, Union Communications Minister in Deve Gowda's cabinet from 1996-98

List of Chief Minister[edit]

No Name
Constituency
Term of office[34][35] Tenure length Party[a] Assembly[36]
(Election)
Ref
15 Mulayam Singh Yadav
Jaswantnagar
5 December 1989 24 June 1991 1 year, 201 days Janata Dal Tenth Assembly (1989–91)
(1989 election)
[37]
(15) Mulayam Singh Yadav [2]
Jaswantnagar
4 December 1993 3 June 1995 1 year, 181 days Samajwadi Party Twelfth Assembly(1993–95)
(1993 election)
[38]
(15) Mulayam Singh Yadav [3] 29 August 2003 13 May 2007 3 years, 257 days Samajwadi Party Fourteenth Assembly (2002–07)
(2002 election)
[39]
20 Akhilesh Yadav
None (MLC)
15 March 2012 Incumbent 4 years, 343 days Samajwadi Party Sixteenth Assembly (2012–17)
(2012 election)
[40]
  1. ^ This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.

List of Defence Minister[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "SP reinstates youth wings' office-bearers with a rider". 
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  14. ^ "Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav government to provide jobs to Muzaffarnagar riot victims". The Financial Express. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
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  20. ^ "Merger of RJD, JD-U, SP would take place after Kharmas: Lalu". 27 December 2014. 
  21. ^ http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/53902522.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  22. ^ Akhilesh 'Tipu' Yadav Emerges as New Sultan of Samajwadi Party
  23. ^ Akhilesh Yadav is new party chief, Mulayam Singh expels Ramgopal
  24. ^ Akhilesh Yadav, Uncle Shivpal Factions Fight Over Samajwadi Party Office
  25. ^ Akhilesh or Mulayam: Who will keep Samajwadi Party's election symbol, another dangal begins
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  28. ^ "EC to hear both sides on January 13". The Hindu. January 10 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  29. ^ "Ec hears both factions". The Hindu. January 13 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  30. ^ "Akhilesh gets the cycle". NDTV. January 16 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  31. ^ "UP PWD minister Shivpal Yadav lays foundation of 61 projects - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  32. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/SP-state-unit-to-meet-on-Feb-5/articleshow/46006870.cms
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  40. ^ "Statistical Report on General Election, 2012, to the Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh" [pdf]. Election Commission of India. Retrieved on 28 July 2013.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Twitter Account". Twitter. Retrieved 21 January 2017.