The “chacha-bhatija” feud has given Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav a headache ahead of crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.
The SP chief is making umpteen efforts to ‘show’ that the family remains united.
Have a look at the family tree of Mulayam Singh Yadav:
Mulayam Singh Yadav: Samajwadi Party chief and Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh
Shivpal Singh Yadav: Mulayam’s younger brother and now the State party president. Officially the number two man in the Samajwadi Party, Shivpal is believed to have control over party’s rank and file. Engaged in power tussle with nephew Akhilesh, Shivpal has the support of Mulayam. He is close to Amar Singh, who returned to the party recently.
Ram Gopal Yadav: Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin and a Rajya Sabha member. Ram Gopal Yadav is said to be siding with Akhilesh in the ongoing feud within the SP. He is believed to be a part of the party think tank. He is a staunch opponent of Amar Singh.
Malti Devi: Mulayam Singh Yadav’s first wife. She is believed to have kept Mulayam's family united during tough times. She died in 2003.
Sadhna Gupta Yadav: The second wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav. She is believed to be wanting a political future for her son Prateek.
Akhilesh Yadav: Mulayam’s eldest son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister since 2012. Born to Mulayam's first wife Malti Devi, Akhilesh Yadav, 43, describes himself as the political successor to his father. He has dismissed speculations that he wanted to split the Samajwadi Party which, he said, belonged to "Netaji". In September, Akhilesh Yadav sacked Shivpal Yadav from the government after he allied with gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari. But the Chief Minister reinstated his uncle after Mulayam Singh intervened and brokered a truce that did not last too long.
Dimple Yadav: Akhilesh’s wife and Lok Sabha MP from Kannauj.
Prateek Yadav: Mulayam’s younger son, born to his second wife Sadhna Gupta. Prateek, a wrestler, has decided to stay out of politics. He runs a fitness gym and real estate business.
Aparna Bisht Yadav: Mulayam’s youngest daughter-in-law and Prateek’s wife. Aparna has won accolades for her social work from the United Nations. A trained classical and semi-classical singer, the 26-year-old will be contesting on SP ticket from Lucknow Cantonment (Cantt) in the upcoming Assembly Elections.
Dharmendra Yadav: The son of Mulayam's oldest brother Abhay Ram Yadav, MP from Badaun.
Tej Pratap Yadav: Grandson of Mulayam's late brother Rattan Singh. Mulayam’s grand-nephew and the MP from Mainpuri is married to the daughter of Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Akshay Pratap Singh: Ram Gopal Yadav’s son and MP from Firozabad.
Aditya Yadav: Shivpal Yadav’s son. He is the chairman of UP Cooperative Federation.
Abhishek Yadav alias Anshul: The son of Mulayam’s brother Abhay Ram and chairman of Etawah Zila Panchayat. He is now the president of Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha.
Sandhya Yadav: Dharmendra Yadav’s twin sister and chairman of Mainpuri Zila Panchayat.
Vandana Yadav: Dharmendra Yadav’s sister-in-law and chairman of Hamirpur Zila Panchayat.
Premlata Yadav: Abhishek Yadav alias Anshul's mother and Etawah district panchayat president.
Mridula Yadav: The mother of Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap and block development council member from Saifai. She is the mother-in-law of RJD supremo Lalu Yadav's daughter.
Sheela Yadav: Dharmendra Yadav’s sister and a member of district development council.
Ajant Singh Yadav: Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother-in-law and a member of block development council.