Refusing to react to Rahul Gandhi’s diatribe, Samajwadi Party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said on Thursday that the party did not need to respond to Congress’s attacks. “Jinki khatiya uth gayi ho unpe hum kya kahe (What can I say about those whose cots have been taken away by people),” he said while addressing reporters.
The Congress vice-president has embarked on a Kisan Yatra in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh where he is regularly launching attacks on rival parties. On Wednesday, Rahul mocked the ongoing family feud in SP, saying, “You brought the government of cycle here (in 2012). The cycle is stuck because its rear tyre is punctured. Yesterday, Akhilesh began an attempt to remove this tyre. But, now four years have passed. If he had to repair the cycle, he should have done it four-and-a-half years back.”
Rahul also said that there was no point in talking about repairing “the damaged cycle” just a few months before the elections. Earlier, the Gandhi scion had taunted Akhilesh and his government saying the “cycle” in UP was not moving anymore.
For Mulayam Singh Yadav-led SP, the damage caused by political mudslinging worsened once the party infighting came out in the open. The SP chief chose his younger brother Shivpal Yadav to replace son Akhilesh Yadav as the party’s state unit chief. Subsequently, Akhilesh removed Shivpal from all the ministerial portfolios along with removing his close aide Deepak Singhal. However, the UP CM has claimed that this is a fight in the government and not within the family and that all decisions were made in close consultation with Mulayam Singh Yadav.