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Mulayam Singh Yadav has taken a chartered flight from Delhi to Lucknow this morning after he spoke on the phone to his son, Akhilesh Yadav, in the middle of a seething battle over who should control their Samajwadi Party, sources said. Akhilesh Yadav, who is Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, has, with the backing of thousands of party workers, replaced his father as party chief. Mulayam Singh, 77, has said that’s a no-go and that his camp – considerably smaller than that of his son’s – is what should be recognised as the legitimate Samajwadi Party. The Yadavs have plunged their party into a crisis just as Uttar Pradesh gets ready to vote.

Mulayam Singh Yadav has this morning cancelled a party meeting he had called on Thursday – December 5 and has asked party candidates to head to their constituencies and prepare for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, to be announced any day this week. The meeting was likely to have been poorly attended with most party workers and leaders siding with his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The Samajwadi Party split on Sunday with Akhilesh being declared top boss in place of his father and the party’s founder, at a massive show of strength in a public ground in Lucknow. Mulayam Singh Yadav has declared Akhilesh’s meeting and its decisions “illegal.”

The ruling Samajwadi Party seemed to hurtle towards a split just before assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav defiantly released a list of candidates for seats already allotted by his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to others on Thursday night. His list of 235 candidates includes several party leaders who are close to Akhilesh and who did not make it to the party’s official list announced a day before by Mulayam Singh Yadav. The rebels said they have been asked by the chief minister to go back to their constituencies and prepare to contest the elections.