New Delhi: The
Samajwadi Party (SP), which won a spectacular majority in the Assembly
elections, on Friday did nothing to dispel the raging speculation over who
would be the next chief minister with leaders merely saying that the issue
will be decided on Friday. “We don’t have anything to say today. The
legislature party will meet tomorrow where the leader will be chosen. All
MLAs and MPs will take part in the meeting,” party chief Mulayam Singh
Yadav told reporters here.
On his part, Yadav’s son and state
party chief Akhilesh Yadav added to the suspense on Friday by evading
questions on the chief ministership. Ever since the election results were
out on Tuesday, there has been speculation as to who would be the chief
minister. A section of party leaders want Akhilesh as the new chief
minister, crediting with the party’s change of fortunes with his
spirited campaign before and during the elections.
senior leaders are said to be having some reservations about this demand.
The issue also reportedly cropped up at the meeting of the party
parliamentary board on Wednesday but no final decision was taken. After
the finalisation of the Chief Minister’s name, the date of oath taking
ceremony would be decided. The SP got a majority in the state assembly by
securing 224 seats out of the total 403 seats.