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New Delhi: With legislative assembly election due in less than six months, the incumbent Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh effected a change of guard in the party organization on Tuesday, appointing Shivpal Yadav as its state president in place of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

“Mulayam Singh Yadav has appointed Shivpal Yadav as the new president of the SP in Uttar Pradesh. We hope he will further strengthen the party with his hard work," said an official statement released by the party.

Shivpal Yadav is currently a cabinet minister in charge of the public works department, irrigation, co-operative, flood control, land development and water resources, waste land development, revenue, disaster and rehabilitation and public service management in the Uttar Pradesh government.

“Our party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was of the opinion that Akhilesh is busy with policy work and in the implementation of various development projects undertaken by the state government, it would be better to have someone who can devote more time in organising the party and preparing it for the 2017 election," said Rajesh Dixit, national secretary of SP.

Facing rising anti-incumbency, especially over a deteriorating law and order situation, the SP, which won 224 of 403 seats in 2012, is trying hard to project itself as a credible option before the state goes to polls, likely in early 2017. Seeking to project a clean image ahead of next year’s assembly polls, the CM sacked two ministers from the cabinet on Monday over alleged wrongdoing

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