Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav broke his silence on the rift between his son Akhilesh and his brother Shivpal.
“There can’t be a rift in the party till I am here. Samajwadi Party is a family, there are no differences in it,” he told party supporters. Akhilesh’s rejection of Shivpal’s resignation from government post was seen as an attempt to douse the fracture within the party.
Mulayam clarified on the alleged differences between him and Akhilesh, saying that such misunderstandings often happen between a father and son.
“Every father and son duo faces issues. There is no rift but it is the fault of our people as well, who spoke to media,” he said, adding. “It is elections time, we should all come together and work. There is no fight between Ramgopal Yadav, Akhilesh and Shivpal.”
He asked Akhilesh to meet Shivpal and resolve issues at the earliest. “Akhilesh humari baat taalega? Akhilesh humaari baat nahin taal sakte,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Mulayam held separate meetings with Akhilesh and Shivpal in a bid to solve the crisis within the party. Shivpal had announced his resignation from all party posts and the government late on Thursday night.
The day began with Shivpal addressing his followers who had gathered outside his house. “We all stand by Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). His message is my command,” Shivpal told his supporters. They also chanted the slogan “Ram Gopal ko bahar karo (oust Ram Gopal)” against Ram Gopal Yadav, who is Mulayam’s cousin and SP’s national general secretary who is seen as backing the Chief Minister.
Akhilesh Yadav told NTDV that he will take action against those who tried to create trouble within the party.