A day after SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav took his chief minister son and his ministers to task, Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday claimed that he knows about those “indulging in wrong things” in the party.
“There are some who want to take a shortcut. Even I know who they are… the people who are indulging in wrong things in the government,” Akhilesh said at a programme to observe the fifth death anniversary of former SP leader Janeshwar Mishra in Lucknow.
Earlier, SP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ramgopal Yadav had asked youths present in the programme to send confidential reports about the “wrong doings” taking place in their districts to Mulayam.
To this, Akhilesh said: “Don’t give them such responsibility. Recently, I was away for three days and switched on my old cellphone. Only I know the kind of (incriminating) messages I have received. While there were some messages from unhappy youths, some gave detailed reports of (wrong) things taking place. So, don’t give this responsibility to youths, as I will have to take action (based on reports).”
On Wednesday, Mulayam had lashed out at ministers and MLAs, saying that some among them are busy minting money. He had also claimed that despite repeatedly asking Akhilesh to take action against them, they have not been removed. Mulayam had said this in Akhilesh’s presence at a party meeting on the MLC polls.
He had added that many ministers couldn’t win in their own backyard in the Lok Sabha polls and that they will once again lose the 2017 Assembly elections. “I know, they (the ministers) are not working. Even in Lok Sabha polls, they became active only after I called them up,” Mulayam said.
“Many MLAs complain that they can’t meet the chief minister. When I was the CM, I met them a lot… I had set a day for meeting party workers, ministers and MLAs,” Mulayam said. Then looking at Akhilesh, he added: “I don’t know what your policy is regarding this.”
Attacking bureaucrats, Mulayam had said that they were trying to malign the government and were neither working for the public nor listening to the grievances of SP workers.