Following the disastrous by-elections, SP dissolves all executive bodies

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The Samajwadi Party on Sunday disbanded its national, state, and district executive bodies, including the youth and women’s wing, with immediate effect in response to the recent defeat in the Lok Sabha by-elections in which its candidate lost in what were thought to be strongholds.

The national, state, and district executive bodies of the Samajwadi Party were dissolved with immediate effect by Akhilesh Yadav, the party’s national president, with the exception of the state president. All of the party’s organisations, including the youth and women’s wings, have also been disbanded, the party stated on its Twitter account. This includes the national, state, and district presidents.

Naresh Uttam, the party’s president for Uttar Pradesh, will nevertheless keep his job, the party announced.

According to a senior party official reported by PTI, “the party is preparing for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and the focus is on strengthening the organisation to take on the BJP with full force.”

Last Monday, Dinesh Lal Yadav, a Bhojpuri actor, defeated Dharmendra Yadav of the SP by a margin of 8,679 votes, handing the Bharatiya Janata Party victory in the Azamgarh parliamentary constituency. After SP President Akhilesh Yadav resigned from the Lok Sabha and was elected to the state Assembly from Kannauj, the seat became vacant.

Similar to this, the BJP seized the seat from the SP in Rampur, another pocket borough, when Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi defeated Mohammed Asim Raja of the SP by a margin of 42,192 votes. Azam Khan, a veteran of the SP, vacated the seat after also being elected to the Vidhan Sabha from the Suar constituency.

“The party needs to explain to the public why it lost the Akhilesh Yadav elections. Why Yadav did not accept accountability for the losses, BJP spokesman Rakesh Tripathi questioned.

“Under Akhilesh Yadav, the SP lost the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019 as well as the assembly elections in 2017 and 2022. He ought to shoulder the obligation as well, Tripathi added.

Analysts claim that the SP’s tried-and-true MY (Muslim-Yadav) strategy against the BJP’s MY (Modi-Yogi) phenomena failed to win the by-elections. The SP has, meanwhile, blamed its defeat on the suspected abuse of government resources.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, won 273 of the 403 seats in the state Assembly elections earlier this year, keeping control of the government. The SP came in second with 125 seats.

Given that it sends the most MPs (80) compared to other States, Uttar Pradesh is one of the most politically crucial states for the Lok Sabha.