Samajwadi Party crisis: Can’t leave Shivpal or Amar Singh, says Mulayam Singh Yadav

Mulayam Singh Yadav called for a meeting of all the MPs, MLAs and important Samajwadi Party functionaries at its headquarters in Lucknow.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 2:07 pm
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The fissures within the Samajwadi Party have deepened on Monday, with the party virtually splitting into two factions — those supporting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and ones behind Shivpal Yadav. Supporters from both camps came to blows outside the party headquarters in Lucknow, where party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav called for a meeting of all the present and former party MLAs, MPs and key functionaries.

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Speaking at the meeting, Mulayam said he was saddened by the rift within the Samajwadi Party as he had worked hard, facing lathi blows and jail time in the past, to bring the party to its present level. “Instead of fighting our weaknesses we are fighting amongst ourselves. Jo bahut ucchal rahein hai agar baat aayi to ek laathi bhi nahin seh paaenge (Those who are overexcited at the moment, can’t even bear the pain of one lathi blow),”said Mulayam.

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In an indirect reference to son Akhilesh, Mulayam said that one cannot be a leader if they cannot stand criticism. “If you can’t face criticism, you can’t be a leader,” said Mulayam.

Mulayam appeared to have sided with his brother Shivpal over son Akhilesh in the internal struggle as he lavished praise on the party state president. “I will never forget the work Shivpal has done for me and Samajwadi Party. Drunkards, goons have been added to the party. You get some power and it goes to your head. Shivpal Yadav is leader of the masses,” he said.

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Amar Singh also found mention in Mulayam’s speech, when the party supremo said that he can never leave his brother Shivapal and his former close aide. “I can’t leave Amar Singh or Shivpal Yadav. All of Amar Singh’s sins are forgiven,” Mulayam said.

Earlier, Akhilesh denied that he would be forming a new party and offered to resign if Mulayam so desires. He broke down during his speech and said that he was hurt when Amar Singh allegedly said he would be replaced as chief minister by November. However, Shivpal claimed that Akhilesh told him he would launching a new party.

The ongoing turf war within the Samajwadi Party came to the fore once again with Akhilesh on Sunday sacking his uncle Shivpal and three Cabinet ministers, considered close to him. Shivpal quickly responded by expelling Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav, who is in the Akhilesh camp, for six years from the party.

Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh, however, remained silent through out the day, and told reporters on Sunday evening that “whatever I have to say, I will say tomorrow”.

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Meanwhile, the BJP had called for Akhilesh to step down or face a trust vote as his government has been allegedly reduced to a minority. On the other hand, the BSP said there is no need for a trust vote as the Samajwadi Party would crumble from within.

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    Rajesh
    Oct 24, 2016 at 7:18 am
    Akhilesh Yadav has done a great job in UP, there are also some failures at some issues, but overall he has done a great job. Old mafias in SP are not comfortable with his success. He has also campaigned in 2012 very rigoursly and pla pivotal role in coming back of Samajwadi in power.
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      Archpagan
      Oct 24, 2016 at 6:41 am
      Jadav bans ka musal parva shuru ho giya hai.
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        A. KHAN
        Oct 24, 2016 at 6:43 am
        ALL IS NOT WELL IN SP, ALL MINISTERS AND WORKERS ARE LOOTING U.P. WE WANT A GOVERNMENT WHO WILL GIVE US GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT...UP IS VERY BACKWARD,,,,MODI WILL DEVELOP UP LIKE GUJRAT....NOW MANY MUS LIMS ESPECIALLY EDUCATED ARE WITH MODI.
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          Kim Sharma
          Oct 24, 2016 at 6:45 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 155 seats. BJP to settle at 110; Congress to corner 80 seats as ST plummets to lt;br/gt;50. Others: 8.
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            Ashok Mazumdar
            Oct 24, 2016 at 10:42 am
            Amar Singh is the Greatest Con, Dalla and Ruffian.
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              Ashok Mazumdar
              Oct 24, 2016 at 10:50 am
              Amar Singh, a known Sting Operator and Script Writer of Dirty Events with Hidden Cameras, (Trapping His Preys) for his Personal and Future use is Back Mailing those 2 Buddha Scroundrels.
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                Ashok Mazumdar
                Oct 24, 2016 at 10:54 am
                Dhoti Uth na ko mobile screen me dekh kar, Mullaha Mulayam ki Gaaxd fut Gai.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Amar Singh will Destroy Mulayam Gang. purana badla.
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                  Ashok Mazumdar
                  Oct 24, 2016 at 10:54 am
                  Stung CD must be Out.
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