Akhilesh Yadav to Join Congress ??

Mulayam Singh had earlier issued a show cause notice asking his son why disciplinary action should not be taken against him after he released a parallel list of candidates for the Uttar Pradesh elections, which includes several party leaders who are close to him and who did not make it to the official list released by his father a day before. The Akhilesh camp had responded with more defiance, with his uncle and staunch supporter Ram Gopal Yadav calling an emergency party meeting on Sunday.

The governor has the option of asking the chief minister to prove his majority in the assembly. Sources said Akhilesh has 175 loyal legislators by his side, but need the support of 27 more to stay afloat.

Governor Ram Naik is said to be “keeping a watch” on the situation, which he described as “an intra-party issue”.

The 43-year-old Akhilesh has been engaged in an intense power struggle with his family’s elders, especially uncle Shivpal Yadav, who enjoys the backing of brother Mulayam. The feud reached its flashpoint when Mulayam listed 325 party candidates for the 403-member assembly and ruled out projecting Akhilesh for the chief minister’s post.