Samajwadi Party feud: After Lucknow daytime drama, a late night patch-up move

CM breaks down at meeting, Shivpal claims Akhilesh planned new party.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: October 25, 2016 6:58 pm
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Hours after a bitter family spat that played out dramatically before a stunned party Monday, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav called his son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and brother Shivpal Yadav, fired a day earlier as minister by Akhilesh, to his home and asked them to bury the hatchet, work together and lead the party to the assembly elections.

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Earlier in the day, the family power struggle was on public display when Akhilesh traded charges with Shivpal who was backed by Mulayam Singh.

During the acrimonious exchanges, the Chief Minister offered to resign but Mulayam Singh, though visibly upset with his son, turned it down.

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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.

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As partymen watched, the Chief Minister nearly broke into tears while addressing his father: “Netaji, you taught me to stand up against injustice. People are saying that a new party will be formed. Why will I form a new party? Who are these people saying such things? Mein koi kaam nahin kar sakta doosra, aur mein kaun sa kaam karunga doosra… aaj jis unchaai par hoon, us unchaai se hat jaun aur chala jaun kahin aur (I can’t do any other work. Do you want me to step down from the heights I have reached and go elsewhere).”

“Let Netaji install a chief minister who he thinks is honest… Mere pita mere guru hain (my father is my guru),” Akhilesh told the party. He said many people were trying to create divisions within his family and he was not going to sit back and let that happen. “I have said I will take action if a conspiracy is hatched against me and the party,” he said.

“Netaji, mein ne pahle keh diya tha aap ki party hai. Mera uske andar kuchch nahin hai. Mai beta hoon Netaji ka. Meri kismat achchi hai ki mein unka beta hoon. Bete ki zimmedariyan nibhayi hai mein ne (Netaji, I had already said this is your party. I have no stake in it. I am fortunate that I am the son of Netaji. I have executed the responsibilities of a son),” he said.

“Mujhe aapatti nahin thi. Mujh se kahte ki isteefa de do, toh mein isteefa de deta (I had no objection. I would have resigned if you had asked me to),” he said.

He said Gayatri Prajapati was fired as minister and reinducted on the directions of Mulayam Singh and Deepak Singhal too was removed as Chief Secretary on his father’s instruction. “Mein jaanta tha Chief Secretary ko hataane se kya hoga (I knew what would happen if the Chief Secretary was removed).” Singhal was considered close to Shivpal.

Akhilesh blamed Amar Singh for the current developments, saying he (Singh) had hinted that some “major changes” would take place in October.

Attacking his nephew, Shivpal claimed that the Chief Minister had told him he would float a new party to contest the assembly polls. “I can swear by Gangajal.” He urged his brother to “take over reins of Uttar Pradesh”.

Mulayam Singh said the party was going through a difficult time and members should not fight each other. “I can’t tolerate anything against Amar and Shivpal. Amar saved me from going to jail,” Mulayam said, chiding Akhilesh for attacking Amar Singh.

“Amar has helped me a lot. Had he been not there, I would have been in jail. He is like my brother,” Mulayam said. He said by simply wearing a red cap (of the SP), one does not become a Samajwadi. “Some ministers are just sycophants,” he said.

“I cannot forget the work done by Shivpal,” he said, describing his brother as a mass leader. “We are facing a difficult situation, we should be removing our weaknesses, not fighting each other.” Pointing towards Akhilesh, Mulayam Singh said, “Hum inhe padhate hain, ye nahin samajhta hai (I try to educate him, he does not understand).”

When Mulayam Singh said he had received a letter from a Muslim stating that the community was not happy with the Chief Minister, Akhilesh rose from his seat and said: “Ye Ashu Malik (SP leader) hai… woh baat jaanta hoga ki Amar Singh ne mere baare me likhwaya ki Aurangzeb hoon aur Netaji Shah Jahan hain. Times of India ke front page par chhapwaya (He probably knew Amar Singh got an article published on the front page of Times of India that I am Aurangzeb and Netaji is Shah Jahan).”

At this, Shivpal grabbed the microphone from Akhilesh and said: “Yeh jhooth hai. Mukhya Mantri jhooth bol rahe hain (This is false. The CM is lying).”

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    MyTake
    Oct 25, 2016 at 2:32 am
    Bring Modi for Sabka Sath Sanka Bikash! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There won't be time left for infighting!
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      Vs
      Oct 25, 2016 at 5:43 am
      Mulayam is only trying to accommodate misgivings of shivpal otherwise he is clearly taking side of his son and want him to be his political heir.very cunningly he is reducing the power of shivpal
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        abhijeet
        Oct 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm
        i think everything is plan. to move public attention from surgical strike and for gaining sympathy for Akhilesh Yadav. where people dislike akhilesh they will use shivpal and where people dislike Shivpal they will use akhilesh.
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          akt
          Oct 25, 2016 at 4:06 am
          SP,BSP have done the maximum harm to uttar pradesh....its high time that people of this state should vote out these two parties if they want development to take place here..
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          Anand
          Oct 27, 2016 at 3:10 am
          I voted Akhilesh in last election - that was my mistake --- total time p... no development - It will take another 1000 years to develop UP if we have CM like this.
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            Rahul
            Oct 25, 2016 at 5:38 am
            IT IS PLAIN SIMPLE DRAMA. SHIVPALJI WANTS HIS SAY , BUT AKHILESH HAS BEEN IS CHIEF MINISTER, SO HE CAN NOT TOLERATE ANY DECISION PUT ON HIM. HE WANTS HIS OWN WAY.lt;br/gt;ONE MORE THING IN EVERY MAHABHARAT, THERE IS WOMEN INVOLVED, IT MAY BE SOME ACRIMONY BETWEEN DIMPLE JI and HER MOTHER IN LAW.
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              ah
              Oct 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm
              Muslims should stay away from SP remember Muzaffar Nagar ....
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                Kim Sharma
                Oct 25, 2016 at 5:04 am
                Even with a late patch-up within SP, it is advantage BSP in the poll. Hindi dailies in UP say already SP is seeing desertions to Congress at the district and village levels, especially in western UP. A reliable Agra publication says BSP to be No: 1 with 145 seats. BJP to settle at 110; Congress to corner 90 seats as ST plummets to lt;br/gt;50.Others:8.
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