Fast-paced action unfolded here on Monday, with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and party’s state president Shivpal Singh Yadav indulging in bitter exchanges and personal attacks against each other, aggravating the high-voltage power feud.
While Akhilesh Yadav denied having any plans of floating a party and offered to quit if Mulayam asked him to do so, Mulayam put
up a strong defence of
party general secretary Amar Singh and brother Shivpal Yadav — sacked by Akhilesh on Sunday from his cabinet — yet ruled out the option of replacing the chief minister.
The political drama was also punctuated by clashes between rival factions outside and inside the venue and after the abrupt end to the meeting of the state legislators, MPs and ministers.
Seeking to put at rest speculation, Akhilesh ruled out forming any new party and offered to step down if Mulayam Singh Yadav wanted. With his father and uncle watching, an emotional chief minister broke down while addressing the meeting and said, “Let ‘netaji’ (Mulayam) install a chief minister who he feels is honest. Why should I form a new party?”
Amid talks that Akhilesh could give a miss to the silver jubilee celebrations of the party, the chief minister said, “Rath bhi chaleyenge, sthapana diwas bhi maneynge (my rath yatra will go on and establishment day of the party will be also celebrated).”
Mulayam Singh said the party was facing a difficult situation and party members should not fight with each other. But his words had little effect as chaos broke out at the venue and heated words were exchanged on the dais leading to an abrupt end of the meeting.
Shivpal Yadav launched the first open attack on his nephew and claimed the chief minister had told him that he would float a new party to contest the upcoming Assembly polls. Urging Mulayam to “take over reins of Uttar Pradesh” Shivpal told party chief, “Netaji, there is a need for you to take over reins of Uttar Pradesh.”