Moving to swiftly resolve the crisis in the Samajwadi Party (SP), Mulayam Singh on Friday approved a “four-point” formula to end the ongoing rift between his brother Shivpal Yadav and son Akhilesh. According to a Times Now report, Singh will also take “action” against Amar Singh for possibly fueling the situation between the family. The report suggested that the four point formula includes: Akhilesh being given major add-on position in SP so that he has a say in ticket distribution; Gayatri Prajapati to be reinstated but with a different portfolio; Shivpal Yadav to be reinstated as UP Samajwadi Party president and portfolios taken away from Shivpal to be given back to him.
SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today broke his silence on the differences that have erupted in the party, stating that “till he is there, there can be till he is there.” “We have a big family, differences may occur… There is no fight between Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh,” he said. Singh told his party men that the Uttar Pradesh CM and his son Akhilesh Yadav will not defy his words. He also said that Gayatri Prajapati, who was sacked as the mining minister, will be taken back in the UP cabinet.
In a shocking move, Shivpal Yadav had last night submitted his resignation as the ruling SP’s state unit head and as a minister in the cabinet of nephew Akhilesh Yadav with whom he is at loggerheads. Mulayam had, however, rejected the resignation. The feud had spilled into the open after Akhilesh stripped Shivpal of key ministerial portfolios a few days ago, hours after he was replaced with Shivpal as the party’s state unit chief by his father. Mulayam Singh’s four-point truce is being seen as a desperate attempt to nip the crisis in the bud ahead of the crucial Uttar Pradesh polls in 2017.