Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will be the Leader of the Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. He was elected by the Samajwadi Party MLAs for the post at a key party meet on Saturday, March 26.
“The Samajwadi Party’s newly elected MLAs unanimously chose the party’s national president, Akhilesh Yadav, as the leader of the legislators’ group,” the SP state chief Naresh Uttam Patel told reporters on Saturday.
A first-time MLA, Mr Yadav resigned as Azamgarh MP earlier this week after he was elected legislator from family stronghold Karhal in UP’s Mainpuri district. He won his first state assembly election from Karhal in the family bastion of Mainpuri earlier this month.
Mr Yadav was the main challenger to the BJP in this year’s Assembly election. While his party finished a distant second, winning 111 seats in the 403-member assembly, it managed to record a massive jump in its vote share and clocked its best show in state polls ever.
Akhilesh Yadav, however, had said the results this time were a proof that the seats of the BJP – which is honing its image as a formidable party – can be reduced. The ruling party – and allies – had won 325 seats last time.
Despite ending up a runner up in the state polls, Akhilesh Yadav has continued his relentless attacks on his rival. On Friday, soon after Yogi Adityanath took oath for a second term in front of 70,000 plus crowd at a mega event, Yadav tweeted: “I congratulate the new government for taking oath in a stadium that was built by the SP government. The oath should not be forming the government alone but serving the people of the state too.”
Mr Yadav has termed his resignation as MP a “necessary sacrifice”. “Crores of people of UP have given us a moral victory in the Assembly polls. To honour this, I will represent Karhal and always remain committed to the progress of Azamgarh,” he said in a tweet after submitting his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
“This sacrifice is necessary for the struggle against inflation, unemployment and social injustice,” he added in his Hindi tweet.