Stage set for SP young gun Akhilesh Yadav to be made UP CM?

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New Delhi, Mar 7: With the Samajwadi party's stunning victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2012, no final decision has been made on who will adorn the Chief Minister's chair. There are reports doing the rounds that young gun and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Akhilesh Yadav is likely to get the top post.

With those among political circles terming Akhilesh the 'man of the moment', there is no iota of doubt that it was Akhilesh's extensive campaigning in the state that propelled the SP to earn the position of being a party with a mammoth majority. Termed the party's biggest win in the last 27 years, Akhilesh has displayed his maturity by saying that he will focus on the party and not accept any position. [Read: Akhilesh's Mysore education defeats Rahul]

He has been quoted as saying to a television channel, "We will continue with the projects we had started in our previous regime. We will build infrastructure like roads in the state. If we can provide that then UP will be at par will all the other states. I have been given the responsibility to run the party. I will do just that and not accept any position in Mulayam Singh's government." [Read: UP poll results: Akhilesh Yadav pulls down Rahul's flight]

The SP did exceedingly well capturing 225 seats in the 403-member House. It was more of the BSP mal-governance and the SP's ability to connect with the masses that ousted the BSP who were able to garner only 80 seats as compared to 206 seats five years ago.

The SP is expected to hold its Parliamentary Board and legislature party meeting on Wednesday to decide its Chief Ministerial candidate.

Meanwhile, there were incidents of violence in UP following the SP's win that has led to the death of a child and attacks on journalists. Responding to the attacks, Akhilesh Yadav commented that this act by whomsoever will not be tolerated and assured that action will be taken against all those who have taken law into their hands. He said he was aware of the three incidents in Sambhal, Jhansi and Firozabad.

He added, "These incidents in Jhansi and Firozabad happened because we didn't get enough time and many officers are still from the previous government. But now I assure action will be taken against those involved in today's incidents by tomorrow morning, they will be expelled from the party."

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