Lucknow: After scripting a new chapter in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh polls, Akhilesh Yadav, son of SP party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is all set to be the state's youngest Chief Minister.

Mulayam is learnt to have conveyed to his brother Shivpal and the party's Muslim face, Azam Khan that he was in favour of making way for Akhilesh. According to sources 38-year-old Akhilesh's name would be proposed for the Chief Ministerial post in the Saturday's meeting.

From Friday party leaders themselves had started backing Akhilesh for the post. Finally, Akhilesh, who has always maintained that his father Mulayam Singh would be the Chief Minister, had to give in.

Azam Khan, who is expected to be the new Speaker of the Assembly, had not met Mulayam Singh after the SP’s victory. It is believed that he was upset with Akhilesh for not offering DP Yadav ticket.

One compromise formula doing the rounds is that Khan would be made the Speaker, so that he need not report to Akhilesh. However, this move would give Khan powers that may not suit young Akhilesh.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party has vowed to tackle lawlessness sternly in the wake of violence allegedly involving party workers in the last few days.

"Law and order situation will be improved. It will be better. If anyone is found indulging in goondaism, even if he is a SP worker, he will be punished severely," party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters after he called the Director General of Police (DGP) and Chief Secretary Anup Kumar Mishra and reviewed the situation.

(JPN/ Bureau)