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The evolution of the Samajwadi Party in the political arena of Uttar Pradesh is a major event.

The Samajwadi Party was established on October 4, 1992 in the historic Begum Hazrat Mahal Park in Lucknow and now it is a state political party that wields great muscle power in the Indian state.

It portrays itself as a democratic socialist party and is mainly symbolized representing the caste group called Other Backward Classes. Its aim is to promote backward classes and provide social justice....
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Samajwadi party News

57.8% votes polled in 13 Lok Sabha seats in UP

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    9:10 pm
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) The average polling percentage on 13 seats that went to the polls in the fourth phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh was 57.8 mainly due to blistering heat. View More..

43.91% voting recorded in UP (Fourth Lead) (3 p.m.)

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    5:16 pm
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) Braving the afternoon heat, people came out enthusiastically to vote in 13 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh which went to polls on Monday in the fourth phase, with a 43.91 per cent turnout being recorded till 3 p.m., officials said. View More..

SP fields ex-BSF trooper against Modi in Varanasi

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    4:28 pm
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) In a surprise development, the Samajwadi Party on Monday changed its candidate in the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat and fielded ex-BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. View More..

SP fields ex-BSF trooper against Modi in Varanasi

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    3:20 pm
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) In a surprise, the Samajwadi Party on Monday changed its candidate in the Lok Sabha Varanasi seat and fielded ex-BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. View More..

25.46% voting recorded in UP (3rd Lead) (1 p.m.)

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    1:46 pm
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh witnessed about 25.46 per cent voting for 13 parliamentary constituencies till 1 p.m. on Monday, officials said. View More..

Shivpal's PSP to support Congress in Lucknow

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    1:10 pm
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) The Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) led by Shivpal Singh Yadav has announced its support to Congress candidate Acharya Pramod Krishnan in Lucknow. View More..

Voting picks pace in UP, 21% polling recorded (2nd Lead) (11 a.m.)

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    12:30 pm
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) Voting in Uttar Pradesh picked up pace as 21.18 per cent voting was recorded in the first four hours of polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats on Monday till 11 a.m., officials said. View More..

10% voting recorded in Uttar Pradesh (10 a.m.)

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    11:46 am
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh recorded around 10.36 per cent voting in the first three hours of polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats on Monday till 10 a.m., officials said. View More..

EVM malfunctioning galore in Uttar Pradesh

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    10:54 am
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) EVM malfunction was reported from a number of constituencies as polling began for the fourth phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh for 13 Lok Sabha seats. View More..

Samajwadis under house arrest in Kannauj

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    10:48 am
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) The Samajwadi Party has claimed that a number of its leaders have been put under house arrest in Kannauj where party President Akhilesh Yadavs wife Dimple Yadav is contesting the Lok Sabha elections. View More..

Priyanka not to fight Modi as Congress's 'To be or not to be' politics continues (Column: Political Calculus)

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    10:04 am
"To be or not to be". The opening phrase of Hamlets soliloquy in Shakespeares play is a prime example of literary dialectics, where the prince finds himself oscillating between two choices, to exist or not. The situation for the Congress, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra isnt much different. View More..

Adityanath, Akhilesh urge people to vote

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    9:28 am
Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) As voting began across 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday urged the people to cast their ballots. View More..

Sakshi Maharaj, Salman Khurshid cast their votes

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    9:24 am
Unnao/Farukkhabad (Uttar Pradesh), April 29 (IANS) BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj, who is re-contesting from Unnao parliamentary constituency on Monday exercised his right and said that when the results will be announced the opposition will again blame the electronic voting machines (EVMs). View More..

Voting begins in 72 seats in fourth phase of LS polls

Posted On : Apr 29,2019,    7:20 am
New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Voting began on Monday across 72 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over nine states, mostly in the Hindi heartland, as the fourth phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. View More..

Priyanka slams BJP for distributing goodies in Amethi

Posted On : Apr 28,2019,    6:50 pm
Lucknow, April 28 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday mounted a blistering attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing it of distributing "money, shoes and saris" to the voters in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency which goes to the polls in the fifth phase on May 6. View More..

Mafia don seeks parole to contest from Varanasi

Posted On : Apr 28,2019,    6:20 pm
Lucknow, April 28 (IANS) Mafia don-turned-politician and former MP Atiq Ahmad has moved a bail application before a special court, seeking a short-term bail to contest parliamentary elections from Varanasi. View More..

BJP's Ajay Bhatt woos Uttarakhandis in Lucknow

Posted On : Apr 28,2019,    5:00 pm
Dehradun, April 28 (IANS) Uttarakhand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Ajay Bhatt on Sunday urged Garhwali and Kumaoni people residing in Lucknow to vote for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. Around 300,000 people from Uttarakhand live in Lucknow. View More..

Congress' Lalitesh hopes to beat Union Minister in Mirzapur

Posted On : Apr 28,2019,    1:08 pm
Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh), April 28 (IANS) Congress' Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, pitted against Union Minister and Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel for the Mirzapur Lok Sabha seat, is confident of winning as promises of bringing industrial development in the district have not been fulfilled. View More..

Films and politics (Column: B Town)

Posted On : Apr 28,2019,    10:38 am
The phenomenon of film actors joining forces with politicians is not a new thing. In the South, it happened much earlier while the Hindi film actors took the cue a bit late. One of the reasons the Hindi film industry kept away from politics for long was that the rulers and, as such, politicians were seen as enemies of film folk. Not one, there were many Swords of Damocles hung over the film industry by the rulers and usually used as tools. View More..

Modi an OBC only for electoral gains, says Mayawati

Posted On : Apr 27,2019,    11:48 pm
Lucknow, April 27 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of claiming to be an OBC only for electoral gains. View More..



About Samajwadi party

History of the Samajwadi Party

The evolution of the Samajwadi Party in the political arena of Uttar Pradesh is a major event. The Samajwadi Party was established on October 4, 1992 in the historic Begum Hazrat Mahal Park in Lucknow and now it is a state political party that wields great muscle power in the Indian state. It portrays itself as a democratic socialist party and is mainly symbolized representing the caste group called Other Backward Classes. Its aim is to promote backward classes and provide social justice.

Party Symbol

The party claims to provide great relevance to the development of common man and keeping this view, the election sign of this party is the vehicle of the common man – the bicycle.

Major Leaders of the Samajwadi party

The main political figure of this party is Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav who is a seasoned and well-tempered politician with huge experience of politics at the grassroots level. Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and the defense minister of India. Yadav worked as a Socialist and had been with numerous parties such as the Janata Party, Lok Dal and Janata Dal, before establishing the Samajwadi Party. Another influential leader of the party is Akhilesh Yadav who is the son of Mr. Mulayam Singh and is currently the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh since March 2012. He is a member of the Samajwadi Party, and the youngest person to serve as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Electoral Account

Samajwadi Party does not have a very old history. This party has contested Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections all over the nation but has succeeded only in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party won 7 seats in the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh in the year 2003 and gained the status of the third largest party in the state. When its contestants won the by-election of Lanji (Balaghat) in 2007, its total tally reached that status.

In the 15th Lok Sabha, it had 22 members. That also made the Samajwadi party to reach third rank in the house. During 2005, former Karnataka Chief Minister Bangarappa resigned from the BJP and joined the Samajwadi Party. He effectively held his Lok Sabha seat representing Shimoga on the Samajwadi ticket. In the Uttar Pradesh legislative election, the SP grabbed only 96 seats as compared to 146 in the previous elections in the 2007. Consequently, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had to quit with his competitor Mayawati taking oath. Mayawati is the party leader of the BSP which gained 207 seats and she took oath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi party regained power with phenomenal success in the following elections, with a majority in the House in the 2012 legislative assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh and formed the Government in the state. This was anticipated to be the fifth term of Mulayam Singh Yadav as Chief Minister of state, but he selected his son, Akhilesh Yadav, to become the new chief minister thus making him the youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Ideology:

The basic philosophy of the Samajwadi Party consists of ideals of democracy, personal freedom, nationalism, social equality, radical economic change, decentralization of political and economic power, initiation of small unit technology to prevent alienation of man that modern industrial civilization has caused and adoption of methods of civil disobedience and satyagrah. It is assessed that the new party was started essentially as a caste based party. Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav with his personal charisma and dynamism succeeded to mobilize a huge population belonging to the OBC, Dalit and minorities.

Samajwadi Party and Ram Manohar Lohia

The Samajwadi Party has an ideology believed to create a socialist society, which works on the rules of equality and the party has a secular and autonomous viewpoint. The Samajwadi Party has a strong vision to continually enhance weaker sections of society and it always stands against communal forces. Freedom fighter, communist and a great Parliamentarian, Mr. Ram Manohar Lohia is the main personality whose principles are followed by the Samajwadi Party. Ram Manohar Lohia ji's honesty, unselfish struggle for India's autonomy and his great efforts to connect people of all parts of society has encouraged many political leaders, youngsters and workers in the Samajwadi party. Lohia had struggled a lot for the welfare of the people and was sent to jail by the British several times during the freedom fight and he fought severely in his life time for social fairness. Lohia's ability to stimulate the people with his burning articles on Satyagraha and his instinctive knowledge of social problems made him the leading socialist leader of India which is the inspiration for the Samajwadi party. Lohia's 'Do or Die' spirit is a motivation and major guideline for the Samajwadi Party to develop policies and fight for social improvement of the poor people, backward and communally and culturally weaker sections.

Communist leanings of the Samajwadi Party

When assessing the Samajwadi Party's programs, it can be demonstrated that it mainly addresses working and middle class people that constitute the bulk of Indian society. The Prime focus group of the Samajwadi Party is industrial and rural labor, small peasants, artisans and small entrepreneurs. The Samajwadi program like the communists is oriented to the left, in that it advocates the decisive state intervention in favor of more privileged section of civilization. The Samajwadi Party believes that economic and political power should not be separated from people. The human and material resources from community must be developed in accordance to environment with the process of effective planning and participation at basic level. Large scale industries must be undertaken for the common welfare and Small and medium scale industries should be preferred as a rule. The common people must not be endangered by oversized political and economic structure. The Samajwadi Party's labor policies would form an integral part of Industrial strategies. According to policies, workers have right to share profits. The Samajwadi Party pledges to work for a rational strategy of income, taxes, and prices. Party anticipates that radical changes in Indian political economy may strengthen nation and contribute to international peace, welfare and justice.

Socialism and Samajwadi Party

It can be analyzed that at root level, the Samajwadi Party works on the principles of democratic socialism and resists the unrestricted entry of multinational companies into India. It always supports the notion of equality and wealth for all people of India. Samajwadi Party has set rules and policies for social elevation and believes in developing a fruitful ground for the oppressed sections of society so that every people of India can lead happy life. Samajwadi Party is a huge party and appeals to memberships from all parts of society. Samajwadi Party decisively stands for communal accord and secularism that is appreciated by many. The belief of the party is a democratic state, socialism and equal opportunity for all. Samajwadi Party has a strong objective to develop special opportunities for backward group of society that is Muslims and women. The Party is structured at the national, state, zila and municipal level. It is established, that a majority of support to this party comes from Yadavas and other similar backward classes who have a stake in the golden future of the Samajwadi Party.

Current Performance in Office

Akhilesh Yadav was accredited to garner support for the party to enable a win of 97 seats in the 2007 Vidhan Sabha elections leading to a grand total of 224. He was elected the 20th Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is the youngest leader to have held that office, being 38 years old. In July 2012, Yadav's father, who is president of the Samajwadi Party, addressed government ministers as people seemed unsatisfied with the progress made during their first four months in office. The present UP government has faced numerous challenges, such as public anger and condemnation from other political parties when the Durga Shakti Nagpal case heated up, where an Indian Administrative Service officer was suspended by his government because she ordered the destruction of an illegal mosque wall. Her suspension was withdrawn after more than two months. Another problem faced by Akhilesh government is the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots on 27 August, where 43 people died and 93 were injured, due to communal clashes between Muslim and Jat communities. It raised many questions regarding this government and the party suffered severe setback when a curfew had to be called. They were severely criticized for holding the recent cultural extravaganza at Saifai, where film personalities performed at a huge cost. People felt this amount could have been better used towards relief work for riot affected people of Muzaffarnagar. The government was also termed insensitive as they were celebrating while the janta was shivering in the cold with insufficient relief work.

Strategy 2014

For 2014 election, Samajwadi Party head Mulayam Singh Yadav has organized all things to capitalize the gains of the last assembly elections and project them onto the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. New sources have stated that Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest the 2014 parliament elections on his own strength. Mulayam is upset with the complaints of many SP workers, who have told him in the past several meetings that the ministers in the Akhilesh Yadav government and other senior leaders have disregarded their and party's interests and are working for personal satisfaction. Initially, he has developed a new state executive committee to make the party ready for the Lok Sabha elections'2014. Mr Yadav stated that individual goals and targets and work will be set for members for 2014 elections. News sources revealed that Samajwadi Party will also contest alone in Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha elections. They are reported to contest from at least 14 of the 48 seats in the state.
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