Samajwadi Party on Monday had not just a crucial day but a historic one in many ways. It was Yadav versus Yadav, father versus son and uncle versus nephew. However, hours of wrangling and disagreements, SP supremo called his son Akhilesh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav to his residence in order to the bury the hatchet.
According to sources, both of them spent approximately 45 minutes at the CM residence and left together in a car to meet Netaji. They were there for more than an hour and the SP chief made them hug each other and promise to work together, sources told The Indian Express.
On Monday, at the party headquarters, power struggle in the family became evident when Mulayam backed his brother and both of them censured Akhilesh Yadav and his functionality. Supporters of rival camps, who had gathered at the party headquarters on Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow, heard Mulayam Singh put up a spirited defence of Shivpal and party general secretary Amar Singh. Amid the high drama, factions clashed and the meeting ended abruptly after the leaders at the centre of the power tussle had their say. Akhilesh denied the charge that he had any plans to float a new party and offered to step down if Mulayam Singh so wished.
Seeking to put at rest speculation, Akhilesh ruled out forming any new party and offered to step down if Mulayam Singh Yadav wanted. With his father and uncle watching, he broke down while addressing the meeting.
“Let ‘netaji’ (Mulayam) install a chief minister who he feels is honest,” he said.”Why should I form a new party?” he posed in an emotionally choked voice.
The Chief Minister said many people were trying to create divisions within his family using various machinations and that he had taught himself how to oppose any wrong doing. Tension was palpable much before the meeting began with youth supporters of Akhilesh mounting pressure on the leadership in support of the chief minister.
Meanwhile, Mulyam singh eulogised Amar Singh. Standing stoutly with Amar Singh, who is being accused of pitting one against the other in the family, he said, “Amar Singh ke charanon ki dhool bhi nahi ho aap log (Worth of all of you is not even one quarter of Amar Singh)”.
Amid this commotion, Shivpal snatched the mike from the chief minister. Snubbing Akhilesh’s supporters, Shivpal said the party has been strengthened through the hard work and sweat of Mulayam Singh and not “because of your sloganeering”.
Shivpal also made a mention of his efforts to garner support of opposition party MLAs to ensure smooth sailing of SP nominees in the recent Rajya Sabha polls. “Do I have no contribution in government formation… Have my departments not done good work? Even opposition party leaders laud the works… The CM should tell where I have not done enough…despite not being invited, I used to go to CM’s house,” he said.