Mirzapur: Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel on Thursday accused Mulayam Singh Yadav of trying to create problems in the party, alleging that the Samajwadi Party chief does not want any backward caste leader to come in the forefront of Uttar Pradesh politics.
"Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav does not want any backward caste leader to come in the forefront in UP politics... What he did with Kalyan Singh is before everyone," Anupriya said.
The Apna Dal leader, who was recently dismissed as party's national general secretary by her mother and party president Krishna Patel, asked,"how can a person (Yadav) who used leaders like VP Singh and Kalyan Singh for his political gains tolerate any other backward leader from progressing."
Anupriya said that soon she will be convening the meeting of national and state executive, district unit in-charges and other office bearers in her capacity as the general secretary of the party with the for discussing the problem in the party.
This meeting is likely to be held in Lucknow.
Ostensibly challenging the powers of the party president, Patel said that she neither has the power to dismiss her nor appoint anyone as the vice president of the party.
"I have an emotional attachment with the party and will not allow it to become weak... Nor will the workers be neglected," she said.
Following a row over the appointment of Pallavi, Anupriya Patel's elder sister, as vice president of the party, Krishna Patel had last month removed Anupriya from the post of national general secretary.
"Anupriya was indulging in anti-party activities under the influence of some sycophants. Before Lok Sabha elections she announced a national committee without the party's consent," Krishna had said.