Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, in an attempt to pacify the situation in Samajwadi Party, said on Wednesday that it was a ‘fight in government’ and not a ‘fight in the family’. Akhilesh said this in reference to speculations over growing rift between him and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav who is also a close aide of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The speculations began after Akhilesh was replaced with Shivpal as state party president. Within hours of the announcement, UP CM stripped Shivpal Yadav of all the ministerial portfolios he held in the government. This happened just days after Akhilesh sacked two other ministers including former mining minister Gayatri Prajapati, who is also seen as a close aide of Shivpal.
Akhilesh, while addressing the media, said: “Some of the decisions were taken with consultation of Netaji and some i took on my own.” “If people from outside start interfering, then how will the government function,” he added.
All this led to further conjecture that Shivpal might tender his resignation from the post of state minister. Shivpal, who is considered to be close to his brother Mulayam Singh, had threatened to leave the party in the past alleging that some ministers were involved in corrupt acitivities. Responding to this, Mulayam had warned in a statement that the party would split into two if that happened.
Meanwhile, Shivpal Yadav left for New Delhi on Wednesday to meet Mulayam Singh Yadav. On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav cancelled all his scheduled meetings for the day and reached his residence.