Opposition parties are having a field day targeting the Yadav family and Samajwadi Party (SP) over the ongoing family ‘rift’, with some calling it a ‘drama’ to divert attention from the ‘inefficient’ UP state government. BJP National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh hit out at SP saying, “In SP civil war – are they preparing for dissolving assembly early & enacting drama of correcting Akhilesh image?” “Newton law applies 2 Samajwadi civil war Bhatija @yadavakhilesh responding 2 Chacha #ShivpalYadav : every action has equal & opp reaction,” Sidharth Nath Singh tweeted.
Terming the sacking of two ministers on corruption charges by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as “mere drama”, BSP president Mayawati has said it will not rescue the Samajwadi Party in the UP polls. “The sacking of two ministers just before the Assembly elections is a mere drama and it will not help the Samajwadi Party, which is neck deep in corruption,” she said.
Mayawati had recently urged the Election Commission to declare the state elections early — by January-February next year, arguing that the family feud within the ruling SP and “jungleraj” in UP would lead to chaos in governance in coming months and cause difficulty in holding “independent, impartial and peaceful” elections in view of “infighting within the first family”.
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On his part, Akhilesh Yadav, today sought to clarify, “There may be problems in the government, but not in the family. As far as family is concerned, everyone abides by what ‘netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) says and will accept his words.” On Tuesday, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had replaced Akhilesh Yadav with Shivpal Yadav as the state party chief. In return, the UP CM removed Shivpal from some of the key ministries of his government. Meanwhile, Shivpal is reportedly travelling to Delhi to meet Mulayam to formulate his future strategy. However, reports said that Akhilesh will not visit Delhi to meet Mulayam amidst the rumours of the widening rift in the family.