On party’s poll prospects, Akhilesh said, "Samajwadis On party’s poll prospects, Akhilesh said, "Samajwadisare at number one. They surveys are pointing to it. When weonly promised to work in 2012, we got tremendous support andnow we have fullfilled all the promises. We will formgovernment again." Mulayam defended his decision of replacing Akhilesh withShivpal as the party’s UP unit chief, saying his brother hadworked "shoulder-to-shoulder" with him to bring the party toits current position. At a closed-door meeting, he rebuked the supporters ofAkhilesh as also Shivpal for taking to the streets over adispute involving the two. "I will not let this happen in the party. I have workedhard to bring it to this position. This ‘tamasha’ (circus)will not be allowed," he told the SP workers, according tosources. As soon as Mulayam arrived at the party office here, hewas surrounded by party workers as well as the media. The SPsupremo directly went to the auditorium where the supportersof his son Akhilesh were shouting slogans, demanding that hebe reinstated as the party’s state unit president. The SP supremo lashed out at the chiefs of the party’sfront organisations — Lohia Vahani, Mulayam Singh Yadav YouthBrigade, Chhatra Sabha and Yuvjan Sabha — and asked them notto indulge in such protests and instead, work "on the ground"to strengthen the party. "We have been asked to work at the booth-level tostrengthen the party. Netaji (Mulayam) told us that while theBJP was actively working in the state, we were involved instaging protests and asked us to shun such activities," ayouth leader told PTI. Earlier, before meeting the SP chief, Mulayam Singh YadavYouth Brigade president Mohd Aibad said, "We have conveyed ourfeelings to Netaji that we (all the youth front organisations)will not be able to work with anyone except Akhilesh. We wanthim back as the party’s state president. The youth is feelingdejected after his removal. They are depressed and even readyto immolate themselves for him (Akhilesh)." MLCs Rajpal Kashyap, Anand Bhadauria and Sunil SinghSajan, all of whom had, in the past, held posts in the SP’sfront organisations, were also seen raising slogans inAkhilesh’s favour. "Netaji, on many occasions, has said that the youthshould lead. We want him to bring back Akhileshji, who is theundisputed leader of the youth and the poor and who has done alot for the development of the state," Kashyap said. During the protests, supporters of Akhilesh were alsoseen burning posters of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh. Mulayam left the party office after meeting the partyworkers, without talking to the media. Meanwhile, BJP attacked Akhilesh over the "SamajwadiParty drama" and said the Chief Minister should resign as heis "not able" to take his decisions on his own. Congress also took a jibe at the tussle in the "Samajwadipariwar", saying that despite giving full attention to the"law and order of the family, instead of the state", things(in the family) have gone out of hands. PTI ABN AKKAKK


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