Mulayam Singh Yadav has rejected the resignation of his brother Shivpal Yadav 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.
Meanwhile, 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. “We all have to strengthen Samajwadi Party. We are with Netaji (Mulayam). His message is an order for us. We will not let the party be weakened. In every situation, we are with Netaji,” Shivpal said addressing slogan-shouting supporters outside his 7 Kalidas Marg residence here.
Mulayam, who rushed here from Delhi last evening after the public feud between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh and Shivpal deepened, met both the leaders separately but they were unable to reach a truce and Shivpal quit from all party and government posts.
Shivpal’s wife Sarla also resigned from the post of District Cooperative Bank Chairperson, Etawah, and their son Aditya quit as Chairman of Pradeshik Cooperative Federation, according to sources.
However, Mulayam reportedly refused to accept the resignations, they said. The feud had spilled into the open after the Chief Minister stripped Shivpal of key ministerial portfolios on September 13, hours after he was replaced with Shivpal as the party’s state unit chief by Mulayam. Mulayam’s cousin and SP’s national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, who is seen as backing the Chief Minister, yesterday said the leadership had committed an unintentional “mistake” by removing Akhilesh as party’s UP president.
He blamed “outsiders” for the crisis, an apparent reference to Amar Singh who recently returned to the party after a number of years.
(With PTI inputs)