In a major act of damage control Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh yadav made efforts to call a truce between his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav and work together and lead the party to the assembly elections.
Sources said Akhilesh and Shivpal spent 45 minutes together at the CM residence in the evening and left together in a car to meet Mulayam Singh. After spending more than an hour, SP chief made them hug each other and promise to work together, sources said.
Bystanders at the residence of Mulayam witnessed that he put up a spirited defence of Shivpal and party general secretary Amar Singh.
Akhilesh denied any chances of forming a different political party. He even went to the extent of offering to step down if Mulayam Singh wished.
As partymen watched, the Chief Minister nearly broke into tears while addressing his father: “Netaji, you taught me to stand up against injustice. People are saying that a new party will be formed. Why will I form a new party? Who are these people saying such things? Mein koi kaam nahin kar sakta doosra, aur mein kaun sa kaam karunga doosra… aaj jis unchaai par hoon, us unchaai se hat jaun aur chala jaun kahin aur (I can’t do any other work. Do you want me to step down from the heights I have reached and go elsewhere).”
“Let Netaji install a chief minister who he thinks is honest… Mere pita mere guru hain (my father is my guru),” Akhilesh told the party. He said many people were trying to create divisions within his family and he was not going to sit back and let that happen. “I have said I will take action if a conspiracy is hatched against me and the party,” he said.