Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is trying hard to broker a peace between his warring son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal. Speaking to party workers in Lucknow today, Mulayam assured that he has taken a decision and both Akhilesh and Shivpal will not oppose him. He also said that the party will withdraw action against former MP Gayatri Prajapati, who was removed by Akhilesh over graft charges. He informed the party workers that Akhilesh would meet Shivpal at his residence soon.
Appealing to the party workers to stay united, Mulayam said: It is elections time. We should all come together and work. There is no fight between Ramgopal Yadav, Akhilesh, and Shivpal.” Claiming that the Samajwadi Party is a family, Mulayam said, “Every father and son duo faces issues. There is no rift. But there is a fault of our people as well, who spoke to media.”
The ongoing power struggle in the state came to the fore when Akhilesh sacked two ministers and replaced state’s chief secretary, who was considered close to Shivpal.
Earlier today, Mulayam rejected the resignation of his brother Shivpal from the post of Samajwadi Party’s state unit chief. Shivpal had resigned from all party and ministerial posts yesterday. Mulayam met Shivpal at his residence today to find a solution to the ongoing power struggle in the Samajwadi Party between Akhilesh and Shivpal. It is believed that Akhilesh had humiliated uncle Shivpal by stripping him of key portfolios in the state government.
Following his dramatic resignation from party and cabinet posts, Shivpal today told his supporters today that he was with party supremo Mulayam, who has so far failed to broker peace between his brother and son.
(With agency inputs)