In an emotional address to Samajwadi Party workers in Lucknow on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that if his father Mulayam Singh had asked for his resignation he would have given it. “If Netaji (Mulayam Singh) asked me for resignation I would have given it,” Akhilesh Yadav said.
Akhilesh also said he was ‘hurt’ when Amar Singh said that he would be replaced as chief minister by November. “I was hurt when Amar Singh said that by November Akhilesh will not be CM in UP. Ramgopal ji didn’t say that,” said Akhilesh.
He also refuted reports that he would be forming a new party. “People are saying a new party will be formed. Who is forming is a new party? I am not,” Akhilesh added.
The meeting was called by party supremo and Akhilesh’s father Mulayam Singh Yadav at SP headquarters after the sackings of Shivpal Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav by Akhilesh and Mulayam respectively. Supporters of Akhilesh and Shivpal clashed outside the party headquarters earlier in the day following the events on Sunday.