Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav on Thursday said that he will not challenge Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s decision to strip him of all key portfolios in the state cabinet.
“Allocation of portfolios is a chief minister’s prerogative, won’t challenge his decision,” Shivpal said at a press briefing, adding that, “Everybody in the party cannot have the same ideology.”
Stating that party cannot engage in infighting at this crucial time as it heads for the assembly elections in 2017, Shivpal said, “This is the time to stay united.. only unity can strengthen the party.”
On being asked if Akhilesh Yadav will be the party’s CM face for the polls, Shivpal said that he will accept whatever party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav decides.
Earlier in the day, the party’s National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters that the SP leadership made a mistake when they removed Akhilesh Yadav as the UP unit chief, a post he has held since 2012, adding that, “Akhilesh’s removal led to misunderstanding” but “the matter will be resolved.”
Even though Ram Gopal asserted that there was “no crisis in SP”, Mulyam showing his support for Shivpal over Akhilesh fits in with the recent incidents exposing infighting in the party leadership. On Tuesday, Akhilesh Yadav stripped Shivpal of all key portfolios in the UP cabinet, hours after the latter was announced as the UP state unit chief. In a statement Wednesday, Akhilesh said that “What you are witnessing is a fight in the government, not the family.”