However, even after reports that the SP patron could attend the convention, the announcement of the president was made in a hurry by the party before his arrival. As per Prof Yadav, on Wednesday, the national executive of the party had proposed the name of Akhilesh Yadav as the national president for next five years.
His proposal was supported by the leaders in the convention. On January 1, 2017, Mr Akhilesh Yadav was elected the national president at the emergency national convention held at Lucknow replacing Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav. The meeting is being held at the Central Telegraph ground in Agra Cantonment, where around 25,000 party leaders from 25 states are participating. With this election, now the SP has given clear indications that the party will go to the 2019 Lok Sabha and next 2022 Assembly polls under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav. (UNI)