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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....
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Samajwadi party News

BJP replaces 6 MPs, including minister, in UP

Posted On : Mar 21,2019,    9:56 pm
Lucknow, March 21 (IANS) The BJP on Thursday announced the list of 28 of its candidates for Uttar Pradesh's 80 Lok Sabha seats, dropping six of its sitting members including a Union Minister, for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Election colours add to Holi fervour in Braj

Posted On : Mar 21,2019,    6:40 pm
Mathura/Vrindavan/Agra, March 21 (IANS) The fervour of Holi, festival of colours, reached a feverish pitch on Thursday as election campaigners and leaders of different political parties extended their full support and participation in the celebrations, adding a riot of party colours to the festivities. View More..

Mayawati not to contest LS election

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    5:36 pm
Lucknow, March 20 (IANS) BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday declared that she will not contest the Lok Sabha elections and asked party activists not to get disheartened over her decision as there were legal provisions for her to get elected within six months. View More..

Political campaign spends on social media a mystery (IANS Special)

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    2:12 pm
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Despite all the efforts put in place by social media companies to show who is paying for the political advertisements on their platforms, the users may not know the actual amount spent to run political campaigns on these websites. View More..

Congress announces Ghaziabad candidate

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    10:38 pm
Ghaziabad, March 19 (IANS) The Congress has announced Dolly Sharma as its candidate for the Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency for the coming general election. View More..

RLD chief Ajit Singh to contest from Muzaffarnagar

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    7:00 pm
Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) President Chaudhary Ajit Singh will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. His son and party Vice-President Jayant Chaudhary will be in the fray from the Baghpat seat. View More..

UP is now violence free, says Adityanath

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    12:18 pm
Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) Blaming the Congress for turning Uttar Pradesh into a BIMARU state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday that the state was now violence free. View More..

Adityanath to take on SP-BSP combine from near Deoband

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    11:50 pm
Lucknow, March 18 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's announcement of state BJP beginning its Lok Sabha campaign from Shakumbhari Temple in Saharanpur district is being seen as a move to counter the SP-BSP-RLD alliance's campaign from Deoband in the same district. View More..

Priyanka: Aim of Congress, SP-BSP is to defeat BJP

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    10:16 pm
Prayagraj, March 18 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi said on Monday her partys aim was to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and also that of the SP-BSP combine, and added the Congress had no qualms about forging an alliance with "anyone". View More..

We are capable of defeating BJP in UP: SP, BSP

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    2:48 pm
Lucknow, March 18 (IANS) A day after the Congress announced that it will not contest on seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP leader Mayawati on Monday said that their alliance was capable of defeating the BJP. View More..

There will be no alliance with Congress: Mayawati

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    1:32 pm
Lucknow, March 18 (IANS) A day after the Congress announced that it will not contest on seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, BSP leader Mayawati on Monday reiterated that there will be no alliance with the grand old party anywhere in the country. View More..

Congress not to field candidates in 7 seats in UP

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    4:40 pm
Lucknow, March 17 (IANS) The Congress on Sunday announced it will not contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh to return the favour of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance, which has left two seats for the party in the state. View More..

BJP sitting MP from Prayagraj joins SP

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    3:14 pm
Lucknow, March 16 (IANS) In a major setback to the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party's sitting MP Shyama Charan Gupta from Prayagraj resigned and joined the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday. View More..

Is the opposition losing its way? (Column: Political Circus)

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    1:42 pm
The political edge which the national opposition appeared to have gained as a result of its successes in three recent Assembly elections and in several by-elections before that has undoubtedly dissipated. View More..

JD-S leader Danish Ali joins BSP ahead of LS polls

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    1:16 pm
Lucknow, March 16 (IANS) Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader Danish Ali on Saturday joined the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections. View More..

BJP's tele-warriors for Lok Sabha polls (Repeating for all needing)

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    10:44 am
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) It is a battle to catch mind space through television ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and both the BJP and the Congress have tele-warriors adept at articulating their viewpoint. View More..

Priyanka kicks off steamer poll campaign on Monday

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    12:04 am
Lucknow, March 16 (IANS) With less than a month to go for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will kick off a three-day poll campaign from her great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru's birthplace Prayagraj to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi by a steamer on March 18. View More..

Mayawati to seek votes for Mulayam in Mainpuri

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    11:26 pm
Lucknow, March 15 (IANS) Burying her 25-year-old bitter feud with Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati will seek support for him at an election rally in Mainpuri on April 19, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said on Friday. View More..

SC seeks EC response to opposition plea on EVMs

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    8:48 pm
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Election Commission's response on a plea by 21 opposition parties seeking audit of at least 50 per cent of EVMs with corresponding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs). View More..

Akhilesh, Mayawati, Ajit Singh to hold 11 joint rallies

Posted On : Mar 15,2019,    8:36 pm
Lucknow, March 15 (IANS) In bid to give a tough challenge to the BJP, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and RLD leader Ajit Singh will hold 11 rallies jointly in Uttar Pradesh including in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi. 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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