In a no holds barred interview today, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav blasted Amar Singh, who was recently inducted in the Samajwadi Party, saying he won’t allow the interference of an “outsider” in his family. “Everyone understands who is this outsider, even you know that. I have told Netaji that if outsiders come between us, he will be thrown out,” Akhilesh told India TV in Lucknow. Akhilesh, however, refrained from directly naming Amar Singh. But when the interviewer took the name, Akhilesh smiled.
Hinting that the “outsider” was responsible for the ongoing feud in the family, Akhilesh said, “I did not ignite any rift in the Samajwadi Party. I can say that there is no fight in the party or the family. However, there can be some disagreements.” He further said that ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) will find a solution and everyone will accept it. “Netaji is my father and also his (Shivpal) brother. His decision will be accepted by all.”
When asked how did he respond to the resignation of Shivpal from all posts in the party as well as the UP government, “I have not accepted his resignation from the government. But the national president (Mulayam) will decide about his (Shivpal) resignation from the party.” Interestingly, Akhilesh had recently stripped Shivpal of key portfolios in his ministry. Responding to a question if he would like to fight the upcoming assembly elections in the state with Mulayam and Shivpal, he said, “What can be better than this if I, uncle Shivpal and father are fighting the elections together.”
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Earlier in the day, Mulayam also claimed that all was well in the party and that he had taken a decision to end the feud. Both Akhilesh and Shivpal would agree on his decision, he said. Akhilesh responded to all allegations against him and his government, including those by the Opposition parties. He spelled out several achievements of his government while attacking the BJP and the BSP.
When asked why he was opposed to SP’s merger with jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal, Akhilesh said on a lighter note: “I would have accepted the merger, but then media would have raised questions against me”. Akhilesh, however, didn’t say what questions could have been raised against him.
Akhilesh also hinted what was the real reason behind the family feud ahead of the assembly elections in the state early next year. When asked if he had any problem with the appointment of Shivpal as the state president of the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh told India TV, “I will give back everything but then I demand that I should have the authority to distribute tickets for the assembly elections.”