Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday backed UP minister and brother Shivpal Yadav and took on the state government headed by son Akhilesh Yadav, stating that several Cabinet ministers are involved in making illegal money.
Mulayam’s statement comes a day after Shivpal pointed at corruption within the ruling establishment and threatened to resign.
Addressing SP workers at the party’s headquarters after a flag-hoisting ceremony Monday, Mulayam said the party will split into several factions and many workers will go with Shivpal if he leaves. CM Akhilesh Yadav was present at the event; Shivpal was not there.
Stressing that there was a conspiracy against Shivpal from within the party, Mulayam said Shivpal spoke about resignation because he had been isolated, and that he had stopped his younger brother from quitting.
Mulayam said Shivpal was upset because one person was “looting” and amassing illegal wealth from Etawah, Mainpuri and Agra but no action was being taken. In an indication that all is not well in the SP, Mulayam reportedly said, “Agar main khada ho gaya to sarkar ki aisi-taisi ho jayegi (if I raise issues, the government will have a tough time answering).”
Shivpal today told the media he has always spoken out against injustice. Shivpal said he has told the party chief that he does not want to contest the state elections due next year and wants to only campaign for the party.
Speaking in Mainpuri, he had alleged Sunday that some SP workers and office-bearers were involved in illegal land-grabbing and harassment of the public and were giving a bad name to the party.