Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday expressed his disappointment on the ongoing rift in the party for the first time in public.
Addressing the party workers in Lucknow the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said he was really upset with recent developments. Instead of fighting weaknesses, the party leaders are fighting among themselves, which is quite sad, he added.
During the meeting, state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav quelled all reports of his plan to float a new party and warned of strict actions against those “who are making any conspiracy against party supremo Mulayam Sing Yadav”.
The tearful Akhilesh also said he would have resigned had Mulayam Singh Yadav asked him too. He added that he was hurt when Amar Singh had said he would not remain the chief minister by November.
However countering him, his uncle and state unit chief Shivpal Yadav, who was sacked from the council of ministers Yesterday, claimed that liars should not be tolerated in the party, adding that Akhilesh had informed of his desire to launch a new party.
Shivpal further pointed out that with Assembly elections approaching in few months, everyone should dedicate themselves in full preparations for the same and those who are working against the interest of the party should know that the Samajwadi Party is going to come back to power next year.
Taking stern action against Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, the party had removed him for six years on Sunday.