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UP drama: After phone call, Akhilesh Yadav meets father Mualyam Singh Yadav

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Lucknow: Amid the running factional feud for control over the Samajwadi Party fraught with daily twists and turns, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday visited his father Mulayam Singh Yadav at his Lucknow residence, hours after the two had reportedly spoken over phone, media reports said.

Earlier in the morning Mulayam returned to Lucknow from Delhi in a chartered plane following his talks with the son, who has emerged as his sworn-rival in the party with both leading two warring factions-one trying to outweigh the other.

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Akhilesh who seemingly has the backing of majority of party leaders and supporters replaced his father as party chief only a day after the father had first expelled and then re-inducted him into the party.

The 77-year-old patriarch, the unquestionable ‘Netaji’ or the supreme party commander till the other day, has been leading the smaller camp with both being engaged in a bitter tussle for recognition as the legitimate Samajwadi Party-all happening before the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

Mulayam met the Election Commission on Monday to demand that the party symbol – the cycle – remain with him.

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On Tuesday, Akhilesh’s mentor, Ram Gopal Yadav, meets with the Election Commission to present a counter-claim.

According to media reports, after the morning phone call between father and son, talks are on as part of fresh attempt to reach at a truce.

The call was reportedly organised by senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who also brokered a meeting over the weekend between Akhilesh and Mulayam.

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