Soon after UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claimed that there is no rift in the Samajwadi Party and his family, Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, said that the Chief Minister’s ‘cycle’ , indicating the the Samajwadi Party’s symbol, will not run in the state anymore because it is stuck.
The Congress vice-president, who is on his Kisan Yatra, said: “Akhilesh was chosen by the electorate of the state and mostly the young people, as they had lot of hopes and expectations from him.”
“However, when Akhilesh sat on the cycle, people starting pulling the brakes and pushing the handles eventually puncturing the tyres and the cycle got stuck. Now six months are left and it has been stuck for almost four years. I don’t think the cycle will run anymore,” he stated, addressing reporters.
Rahul’s remark came soon after Akhilesh denied that there is an ongoing rift between his family members, and among the leaders of the Samajwadi party.
“We are united, there is no rift in Samajwadi party,” Akhilesh said, adding that, “I had tea with my ‘chacha’ and not party’s state chief.” His statement indicated that there is no ongoing power struggle between the two.
Earlier, Akhilesh had divested Shivpal of all important ministerial portfolios including PWD, irrigation, cooperative, flood control and revenue and handed him the social welfare department.