Samajwadi Party, After the Rout: Knives out, but Mulayam backs son

‘No one person is responsible for party’s defeat; poll alliance with Cong over, further tie-up talks later.'

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: March 13, 2017 6:06 am
Uttar Pradesh, UP election results, UP polls, UP Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Akhilesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, UP Samajwadi Party loss, Akhilesh loss, Congress SP, UP results, India news The Samajwadi Party poll rath, which was used by Akhilesh Yadav during campaigning, is being taken away from the CM’s residence in Lucknow on Sunday. (Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

A day after the SP suffered a rout in Uttar Pradesh polls, voices of dissent started surfacing in the party on Sunday with senior leaders blaming the defeat on family feud and sidelining of veteran leaders for inexperienced youths. But party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav defended his son Akhilesh Yadav, saying “no one person is responsible for the defeat”.

The party could manage only 47 seats, 177 down from its 2012 tally of 224 seats.

Speaking to mediapersons at his residence in Saifai, where he arrived to celebrate Holi, Mulayam said: “Koi ek aadmi jimmedar nahi hai haar ke liye (No one person is responsible for the defeat)… Samajwadi Party could not impress those who inclined towards BJP because of the promises it made.”
Mulayam maintained there was no reason for the party’s defeat and ruled out any feud in the party or his family. He also denied that the turmoil within the party was responsible for SP’s poor show. On the alliance with the Congress, Mulayam said: “Contesting UP elections in an alliance is over… further discussion on the alliance would be done later.”

The SP veteran said this was not the first time that party has faced defeat in elections. “There was a time when the party had won only 23 seats, but it did well in elections later and formed the government. SP will win elections again and form government,” he added.

However, the patron’s words were not enough to dissuade party leaders from speaking out against Akhilesh Yadav.

Accusing outgoing chief minister of being arrogant, veteran leader Bhagwati Singh said: “I never imagined that the party would get 47 seats after running a government with a majority… Akhilesh Yadav had become arrogant after coming to power and his decision to forcibly replace Mulayam from the post of party national president sent an adverse message to the masses. He gave priority to youths and sidelined experienced leaders. He also ignored Mulayam’s opinion in the selection of candidates.”

Bhagwati, a former Rajya Sabha member, added that the feud within the Yadav family was another major reason for the party’s debacle in the elections.

On Akhilesh entering into an alliance with the Congress, Bhagwati claimed it was “never a right decision”. “Samajwadis had been sent to jail and faced atrocities during Congress rule… Akhilesh should now focus on strengthening the party organisation from the ground level and ensure training of youth workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”

Former Union minister and SP Rajya Sabha member Beni Prasad Verma, who was not invited to campaign in the elections, said: “Janata ki rai hai… kya keh sakte hain (This is the will of the people… what can we say).” He refused to comment on the SP-Congress alliance and the feud in the Yadav family.

Initially, Mulayam had given a ticket to Beni’s son Rakesh from Ramnagar in Barabanki district. After Akhilesh took over the party’s reins, Rakesh was replaced with MLA and Cabinet Minister Arvind Singh Gope. Gope on Saturday lost from Ramnagar.

SP state executive member and veteran socialist, Bakhtawar Singh from Saharanpur, also claimed that the family dispute had damaged the party to a large extent. “Ghar mein jhagda hota hai toh farq toh padta hi hai (A dispute in a family makes a difference)… Some sycophant youths and bureaucrats misled Akhilesh,” said Bakhtawar (72), who has been associated with the Socialist party since 1962 and later had joined Mulayam.

Will fight to win again: Shivpal in video message

Lucknow: Sidelined SP leader Shivpal Yadav, who won from his seat in Uttar Pradesh where his party suffered a rout, on Sunday vowed to fight back. A day after winning the Jaswant Nagar seat, the warring uncle of SP president Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a 40-second video titled ‘Hum phir ladkar jeetenge (We will fight again to win)’. The video shows the leader with Mulayam and Akhilesh in party meetings. The video ends with a text message — “Hum jeet ke haare hain.. hum phir ladkar jeetenge.”

Shivpal on Sunday said that he was responsible for the defeat and not Akhilesh. “The party has reached to the place from where it started…,” he added.

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    Toshi
    Mar 13, 2017 at 6:58 am
    tanu Post your opinion...BAD DAYS AHEAD FOR UP UNDER BJP N ITS GOONDA LEADERS the fascists uneducated ones yogi adityanath!!!
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      Ayaz k
      Mar 13, 2017 at 8:49 am
      People like you are very fee in BJP. See the comments section of any pro-bjp news. Youll see hate against minorities. This was created and was not present earlier to garner votes. Accept the fact that BjP gets most of the votes because of ant minority rhetoric
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        Ayaz k
        Mar 13, 2017 at 7:10 am
        See you said "not like muslims". Its simple why minority cannot understand that. My message to minority. Till 2025 any party who talks about muslim welfare or even says a word muslim in their election campaign will be called muslim party. But if you go against muslim you are a savior of Hindus.lt;br/gt;Whatever the reasaon. If u talk about minorities you ate doomed. Like BSP n SP. If they want to win election speak openly against minority
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          Ayaz k
          Mar 13, 2017 at 6:31 am
          its simple india is a hindu majority and people will vote for a hindu leader who talks about anti muslim sentiments. Why the muslims cannot digest that. I am a muslim and understand that a hindu will always want to vote who will talk negative about muslims. Period. isme itna matha pacchi karne ki kya zarurat hai BC.
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            Guest4321
            Mar 13, 2017 at 4:19 am
            Mulayam now saying Akhilesh is not to be held responsible for sp defeat is evidence that the family fued was just drama for the polls.
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              narayan
              Mar 14, 2017 at 9:29 am
              Mr Akhilesh was not a competent statesman additionally he was misjudged citizens resentment.
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                narayan
                Mar 13, 2017 at 9:52 am
                Alliance with congress was incompatible.Both were corrupt and family party
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                  Pinna
                  Mar 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm
                  It is merely fatherly lovethat Mulayam is not speaking against his son, otherwise, none else than Akhilesh is solely responsible for the rout. At the sametime, what are Mulayam's options? The only other persons, who could be blamed, is Priyanka, whose one call made the entire difference and Akhilesh fell flat. Of course, observing Rahul's holier than though atude, he cannot do any wrong! Long live Rahul and remain the blue e boy of the g old party and continue to become fodder for the Press and Modi.
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                    RAJIBABA
                    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:35 am
                    WHERE EVER RAHUL GOES THERE IS POWER BLACK OUT
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                      Ramesh ahuja
                      Mar 13, 2017 at 6:20 am
                      Reason for defeatlt;br/gt;Not respecting own religionlt;br/gt;Appeasing other religionslt;br/gt;Improve quality not encourage quany for voteslt;br/gt;Need for one law one country.lt;br/gt;Respect your father and prime minister
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                        Girish Rao
                        Mar 13, 2017 at 1:39 am
                        Sp lost due to congis and their preferential caste politics over the state development
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                          Samaritan
                          Mar 13, 2017 at 6:26 am
                          You are absolutely SPOT ON.
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                            Sheik Mohamed
                            Mar 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm
                            MSY is right about his statement. It was his party's own policies that leads to wipe out of them from power, be it handling of law and order situation, failing to control crime against women and shameless statement of Mr.Azam about a rape committed against women near Delhi's border that conspiracy was being hatched against SP government to defame them through which is highly irresponsible/condemn-able. Their sole motive was to appoint only yadavs in key positions in UP and to be-fool Muslims they are striving hard to up lift them through false propaa, which costs them dearly. When UP Police has been ordered to found out stolen buffaloes of Azam why they were not asked to maintain lawandorder in state by giving adequate protection to commoners?
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                              Subhadra
                              Mar 13, 2017 at 7:02 am
                              hindus are not like muslims. it is understandable why you think that.
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                                Sudish Puthalat
                                Mar 13, 2017 at 4:15 am
                                Kuch bhi kaho, desh aur state jaaye bhaad mey, magar putra to putra hai....yeh hai samajwadi party. And yes with cycle as symbol another son owns a 5 cr Lamborghini
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                                  lookman
                                  Mar 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm
                                  MUSLIMS HAVE DISCOVERED BJP IN A NEW LIGHT. ALL THESE YEARS THEY EXERCISED THE SOLE AGENDA OF DEFEATING BJP THUS FORCING HINDUS TO COME TO ITHEIR RESCUE. MODI'S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA ATTRACTED ONE AND ALL EXCEPT MUSLIMS DEVELOPMENT HAS ZERO VALUE FOR THEM THEY ONLY CARE FOR AND ARE INTERESTED IN THEIR KABRASTAANS. A VERY FAVOURITE ITEM IN I5LAM.
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                                    Suneet Sood
                                    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:59 am
                                    I don't agree. It's true that several BJP representatives have made anti-Muslim comments, but that's not why the BJP won. The BJP won because the other parties were worse.
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                                      darshan
                                      Mar 13, 2017 at 7:45 am
                                      Whoever nurses grudge against minorities are darling to majority of Hindus psyche . That is what is seen in the election result . The place where an innocent guy was lynched just because of food habits also chose murders' party .
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                                        darshan
                                        Mar 13, 2017 at 7:41 am
                                        Your talk is one sided uming that your party has not chosen any goons as MLA. Open your eyes widely . And you will see goons spot on
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                                          Vaarun
                                          Mar 13, 2017 at 3:32 am
                                          Only people of.UP and buffaloes are responsible
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                                            yash sehgal
                                            Mar 13, 2017 at 3:01 am
                                            Is this the magnanimity of a father !!?lt;br/gt;Or the blindness of Dhritradhtra of Mahabharat..??lt;br/gt;We must differentiate b/w an error and a wrong..lt;br/gt;Akhilesh did a serious wrong in greed after continued aggression on his father n brought a doom ...lt;br/gt;But father is exonerating him..lt;br/gt;A prodigal son..the story
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