The father and son shared the dais in the party headquarters here after a long spell, as workers gathered to wish the SP founder on his 79th birthday.
Most of the 55 members in the new national executive, formed after Akhilesh’s re-election earlier this month as party chief, are those who supported him during the feud in Samajwadi Party family.
Akhilesh on arriving at the venue went straight to his father and touched his feet. He requested Mulayam to pay floral tributes to Lohia first, but Mulayam insisted that Akhilesh do it, seemingly as he is party chief.
“Akhileshji met Netaji (Mulayam) to invite him for the meeting in Agra on October 5,” the MLC told reporters. Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav were not invited to the party’s state executive meet held in Lucknow on September 23.
The relationship between Akhilesh and Shivpal purportedly hit rock bottom when Shivpal’s attempts at merging the Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the party were scuttled. Mulayam, had even addressed party workers saying the SP would split if Shivpal left.
According to sources, Mulayam had sent Shivpal the text of the speech he was to give on Monday. In it he had written of having been “insulted” when he was not invited to the state party convention last week.
Mulayam accused the BJP of failing to meet its election promises and controlling the fuel price rise.
Sources say Mulayam may announce a new party in alliance with the Lok Dal.
“Netaji (Mulayam), who is also founder member of the Lokdal, and Shivpal will be with us and work for formation of a secular front. They will hold a joint press conference with us on Monday,” the Lokdal National President told reporters on Friday.
The meeting was not attended by Akhilesh, Ram Gopal and four other SP leaders who are also members of the Trust. A few weeks ago, Mulayam had removed four Akhilesh supporters from the membership of the Trust.
“There are a number of threats before the country but the biggest threat is from China…it is continuously encroaching on our land and is planning to attack but is not able to advance because of our army,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said.
The organisers are members of the Etawah unit of ‘Mulayam ke Log’ — an outfit set up after Akhilesh removed Mulayam from the post of the SP national president on January 1.
The resignation of five MLCs including (four of the SP and one BSP) assumes significance as the saffron party has to soon take a decision on five of its ministers in Uttar Pradesh, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who are not members of either of the two Houses.
“I was badly insulted, which I had never faced in my life. Nevertheless, I tolerated it. No leader of any party in India had made his son a chief minister during his lifetime, but I made Akhilesh the Chief Minister of UP,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said.
“I have been saying for 20 years that China is conspiring against India and has Pakistan on its side. It has set up atom bomb underground in Pakistan, I have learnt,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said