Samajwadi Party is going through an internal war. The power tussle is mainly between the UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav. Meeting called by Mulayam turned into a family drama involving him, Akhilesh and Shivpal Yadav.,
At the beginning, Akhilesh asked for time to speak to his father and SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and the sacked minister Shivpal Yadav over the “rising confusion” in the party, but lost his cool towards the end of the meeting when Mulayam asked him to touch the feet of Shivpal.
“If Netaji asked for my resignation, I would give it. Let Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) install a chief minister who he feels is honest,” Akhilesh Yadav announced in Lucknow.
The UP CM had on Sunday sacked his uncle and Cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav and three others. During his address at Lucknow, Mulayam accused Akhilesh if not giving Shivpal due recognition and appreciation. He also blamed Akhilesh of not being able to take criticism while defending close aide Amar Singh from allegations of causing rift within the party.
Shivpal, overcome with rage, also grabbed the microphone from Akhilesh while he was in the midst of accounting how he has been wronged by his uncle along with Amar Singh, a close aide of his father.
With that, the feud among the Yadavs hit an unprecedented low, placing their party within striking distance of a split as Uttar Pradesh starts preparing to vote. Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is the Chief Minister’s father and head of the Samajwadi Party, left the meeting, visibly upset.
Extremely upset with the ongoing rift within the family and party, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier in the day reprimanded his son Akhilesh Yadav and said that the priority at this point of time should be to decrease the differences instead of fighting with each other.
“I am extremely upset with the rift within the party. I know it’s a difficult situation. Those who can’t take criticism cannot become leaders,” said Mulayam.
“We are fighting among ourselves. We should decrease our differences. Those who are indulging in sloganeering will be thrown out of the party. I have given respect to the youth and no one else,” he added.