Lucknow: With Samajwadi Party gearing up for big battle ahead in Uttar Pradesh, it seems like all is not well in the party.
Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday revealed that senior party leader and Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Yadav had earlier resigned from his post twice, but withdrew it on his insistence.
"I stopped Shivpal Yadav from resigning from his post. If Shivpal quits, the Samajwadi Party will be in deep trouble. There's some conspiracy taking place against Shivpal. While he is engaged in his work, there are some who persecutes him," Mulayam Singh said.
"The present government in Uttar Pradesh doesn't want to work. Akhilesh has ruined the entire Samajwadi Party. Ministers of Akhilesh government are burden for party. There are some in the Cabinet who are deep involved in corrupt practices," he said.
It is to be noted that this is not the first time when Samajwadi Party head publicly slammed his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. In the past, Mulayam, on several occassion, warned the UP government headed by Akhilesh, saying it would meet an electoral disaster if the 'present state of affairs' continued.
“If things are not rectified, there will be a severe disaster. Officers are going berserk and ministers as well as party MLAs are inert. The party must read the writing on the wall,” Mulayam had said.
On Sunday, Shivpal, who is younger brother of Mulayam and has been appointed as the state in charge of the party in the crucial election year, stunned a congregation after he threatened to resign from his post.
The senior UP minister blamed the party leaders and officers for not listening to his orders behind his decision. "If this situation continues, I will quit the ministry and work for the party," he said.
"The party has been established by Mulayam Singh Yadav through sheer hard work. Now, such a situation has come when we have formed our own government for the first time. But, there are some leaders of the party damaging it," he said.
"Even officers and engineers were not responding to my directives. If this situation continues, I will not stay as a minister and resign from the post and work for the organization," he said.
"Why should I remain a minister when the officers don't listen to me and and ignore my orders," he concluded by saying.