Amidst continuing high drama in the Yadav family, which travelled from Saifai to Delhi and finally reached Lucknow on Thursday, all the characters trooped into the city one by one, with senior leader of Samajwadi Party and Mulayam Singh’s brother Ramgopal Yadav saying in no uncertain words that the credit for driving a wedge within the family goes to controversial politician and party’s Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh.
Ramgopal, who met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav here in a bid to defuse the tension, said that “the leadership had committed a mistake” by removing Akhilesh Yadav as party’s UP president” and that “differences had arisen due to some misunderstanding”. He said that due to “simplicity” of Mulayam, “those who have nothing to do with party’s interest are taking undue advantage”.
Apparently pointing to Amar Singh’s comment on Wednesday that he is not a “Samajwadi” but a “Mulayamwadi”, Ramgopal said, “There is nothing like mulayamwadi…If someone is not Samajwadi, how can he be Mulayamwadi?”
Admitting that there were “minor misunderstandings”, he said that the “differences do take place on some minor point and they can be resolved…. The leadership, though not deliberately, had made a mistake when CM was removed from the post of (state) president (of SP). Instead, the chief minister should have been asked to resign and he would have readily tendered it. “He could have been told that elections are coming and you continue as CM and the work of state president will be taken over by Shivpal,” he said, adding that some misunderstanding has taken place and there is nothing more to it.
However, he asserted that there is “no crisis” in the Samajwadi Party and that all the issues would be resolved within a day or two.
It may be mentioned that Amar Singh is seen by many in the party as the “outsider” and has been known to split the Yadav family on previous occasions too. It was for this reason that both Akhilesh Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav had seriously opposed his re-entry after six years in exile.
Talking to newspersons, Shivpal Singh Yadav said that he will abide by whatever ‘Netaji’ says. Denying suggestions that there were differences within the party and the Yadav clan, Shivpal Singh said, “Neither am I angry nor is Netaji (Mulayam). We all are happy…there are no differences.”