SP chief Mulayam calls Shivpal, Akhilesh for patch-up meeting as family feud widens
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has reportedly called his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav for a patch-up meeting in the national capital on Wednesday as ongoing rift within his family widened.
New Delhi/Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has reportedly called his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav for a patch-up meeting in the national capital on Wednesday as ongoing rift within his family widened.
Akhilesh Yadav too cancelled his official engagements in Lucknow for the day amid an all-out war with his uncle Shivpal Yadav, which has brought the 44-year-old Chief Minister in direct confrontation with his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
All eyes are now on Mulayam Singh, who is in Delhi. Shivpal Yadav, made the Samajwadi Party's new chief in UP in place of Akhilesh on Tuesday, had this morning confirmed that he will meet his brother today.
Shivpal Singh Yadav said today that he will take any decision only after speaking to the party chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav, a day after he was stripped off three key portfolios.
“I will talk to Netaji (Mulayam) before taking a decision,'' he said while talking to reporters today.
However, Shivpal sought to downplay the signs of growing fissures in the Samajwadi Party.
Everything is okay within the party, Shivpal told reporters.
“I will go to Delhi and talk to him,” he said after being asked about the conversation he had already had with the SP chief.
“It’s his right (to take the decision) as the Chief Minister,” Shivpal said this morning.
Shivpal also said that he will abide by whatever decision Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav makes about him, because the state's people "are with the leader Mulayam."
When asked pointedly whether he would resign as a state minister - he's now only in charge of wasteland development - Shivpal said he will make a decision on that only after he talks to Mulayam.
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav yesterday defied his father, Mulayam, by firing Shivpal, who's Mulayam's favourite brother. Mulayam had sought to install Shivpal as UP party chief, in son Akhilesh's place.
The "family feud" within the Samajwadi Party has escalated even as all parties are preparing for Assembly polls in UP, scheduled for early next year. Akhilesh is expected to meet the state's governor at 10 am today, and there's speculation that he might ask for dissolving the government and calling state polls earlier than scheduled.
Akhilesh's move yesterday came soon after he removed Deepak Singhal, a Shivpal favourite, from the post of chief secretary. A day earlier, he sacked two ministers, Gayatri Prajapati and Rajkishore Singh, also Shivpal loyalists, and disregarded the counsel of his father and uncle.
Mulayam hit back, appointing Shivpal, as UP party chief, in effect sacking Akhilesh from the post. This position would see him play a key role in the selection of nominees for next year's assembly polls.
The jousting has brought out in the open, tensions that have been simmering in the party for a while now. In June, Akhilesh sabotaged Shivpal's move to ally with controversial politicians associated with a front called the Qaumi Ekta Dal. Akhilesh has been increasingly asserting himself as chief minister, even as Shivpal has refused to forego his claim on Mulayam's legacy.