One compromise formula in the Samajwadi Party doing the rounds is Azam Khan would be made UP assembly speaker, which would ensure the senior leader does not have to report to Mulayam’s son Akhilesh once he become CM. However, that would give Khan an autonomy that may not suit Akhilesh. The Samajwadi parliamentary board met on March 7 and Akhilesh’s name was proposed as leader, but no decision could be reached as Khan chose to stay put in his constituency Rampur, despite Mulayam sending a helicopter there to bring him to Lucknow.
On Friday, Khan came to Lucknow and was closeted with some MLAs close to him in Darul Shafa, where MLAs have their quarters. But Mulayam sent for him and Khan went to the Yadav chieftain’s residence late in the evening, where Mulayam’s brother Shivpal was also called over.