UP poll: Fresh power play by Akhilesh, Shivpal on ticket selection

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Luckow : The rift within the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP is clearly seen and can widen in coming days. The controversial issue of ticket distribution has create flutter between state party chief Shivpal Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The choice of candidates for 175 seats by Shivpal has apparently not gone down well with his defiant nephew Akhilesh who have prepared his own list of preferred candidates for all the 403 UP Assembly seats and sent it to his father and party supremo Mulayam  Singh Yadav.

In a series of tweets state party chief Shivpal attacked nephew Akhilesh and said the name of 175 candidates were already finalised and warned that any indiscipline would not be tolerated as it may harm the party's image.

"Tickets will be distributed based on wins. So far 175 people have been given tickets. The Chief Minister will be selected by the legislature party which is according to the party's constitution. No indiscipline will be tolerated in the party," he tweeted in Hindi.

As differences over ticket distribution cropped up, opposition parties took a swipe at the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh.