Samajwadi Party had a crucial day on Monday. The top rung of the party clashed, wrangled and all this became a public spectacle. Narrating the story of Samajwadis, Shashi Kumar Saxena, who sells party paraphernalia uses fable from Akbar-Birbal to explain the current situation of the Yadav clan.
“Akbar once asked Birbal for the exact number of crows in the kingdom. After two days, Birbal came up with a figure. But what if the actual figure is a little more or a little less, the emperor asked Birbal. Pat came the reply: Then it only means that relatives of some crows have come visiting, or some crows have gone visiting relatives in another town.”
The tale over, Saxena turned to the crowd: “This is a large family. Some might go here or there, but they remain crows at the end.”
The Indian Express reports that while talking about the supporters of Shivpal and Akhilesh, Saxena points at men who can be seen raising slogans of Akhilesh Zindabad while earlier hailing Shivpal, “I don’t know what’s in their head.”
A vendor at Sheela Enterprises agreed with Saxena: “I am yet to come across a single person who has bought hoardings of only the Chief Minister or Shivpalji. There are differences, but there won’t be any split.”
On Monday, inside the party headquarters, Akhilesh Yadav swore that he never spoke about forming another political front while his uncle, Shivpal claimed that the former was lying and that he could swore on his son and say that Akhilesh did talk about it.
Ahead of the meeting, the supporters of both Akhilesh and Shivpal indulged in heated arguments and spats.
Azhar Beg, a former zila panchayat president from Jalaun, was upset that Mulayam Singh had allowed the Chief Minister’s authority to be “diminished” but maintained “Netaji is the natural leader”. Others said Shivpal and Akhilesh, who made emotional speeches and swore loyalty to the party, should not have fought publicly. “If it (the party meeting) was called for resolving differences between the two camps, it should have been held privately. You are publicly proving loyalty to the party and Netaji. What does it mean?” one of the leaders asked.