UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has denied any rift in his family. Talking to reporters on the issue of stripping his uncle Shivpal of some key ministries in the state, Akhilesh said that “sarkaar ka hai, parivaar ka nahi (this is a fight in the government, not in the family).”
On Tuesday, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal as the state party chief. In return, the UP CM removed Shivpal from some of the key ministries of his government. Ahead of the crucial state Assembly elections, Mulayam’s move may have irked Akhilesh as this would imply the loss of his control on the state party machinery. In contrast, Mulayam may have taken the move to placate Shivpal who had recently threatened to quit the party.
Akhilesh today said that there was no family fight in this. “Where have you found a family fight? This is a fight in government, not a family fight,” he said.
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The CM said that everyone in the family, as well as Samajwadi Party, follows Mulayam’s words. He said that the some of the recent decisions, which have raised rift rumours, were taken in consultation with his father while concerning the state government were taken by him.
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.
In the last two days, Akhilesh has sacked two ministers — Gayatri Prasad Prajapati and Raj Kishor Singh — considered close to Mulayam and replaced UP secretary Deepak Singhal, who was considered close to Shivpal, with IAS officer Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar.