Amid the raging feud in Samajwadi Party’s first family, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav suffered yet another setback with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav announcing on Friday that a decision on the next CM will be taken after the 2017 Assembly elections.
“The newly elected MLAs of the party will elect the new Chief Minister after the 2017 Assembly polls. Overall it’s the job of the SP Parliamentary Board and not the media,’’ said MSY.
“Nobody ever knew that Akhilesh would be the Chief Minister. In 2012 Assembly polls, the party solicited votes in my name. I had served as the CM thrice and also served as Defence minister under two Prime Ministers. People had started calling me ‘kalam ghissu ( clerk), so I decided to make Akhilesh the next CM and I gave him a free hand,’’ said the SP chief.
Mulayam’s remarks came hours after the Chief Minister said that he ‘might be cornered, but will not lose the battle of UP’. Akhilesh had also said that “when he was a child there was no one to name him”.
The announcement about the next CM candidate by MSY is significant since the SP’s first family is mired in an existential crisis over a power struggle between the young CM and his powerful uncle and senior minister Shivpal Yadav.
In the backdrop of the intra-family dispute, MSY said, “There is nothing like a dispute within the family and there is no rift in the party.’’
“A mountain is being created out of a mole hill. There has never been a dispute within the family for the last three generations and there never will be in future. We will move together, move in the `chunavi rath, chunavi cycle’ and I will move in ‘chunavi helicopter’,” he said adding, “Shivpal Yadav met the Chief Minister today and had a long meeting.’’
On comments by Akhilesh about his childhood, the SP chief said, “My sister had an important role in bringing up Akhilesh and he has lot of respect for her. I took the required care for his education. First, he was admitted to a Gwalior school and was later sent to Dhaulpur in Rajasthan.’’
On Akhilesh’ comments that there was no one to name him, Shivpal Yadav said,”Can a child name himself ?’’ Mulayam Singh added, “Dharmendra (Badaun MP) had also named himself and told me that I have enrolled myself in school as Dharmendra.’’
Ruling out the possibility of the alliance with the Congress, the SP chief said, “We had suffered a lot by going for alliance in the past but now we have learned a lesson and will not go for any alliance in future,”
“SP will not have any truck with any party and the congress. The SP has grown as a number one party of India on its own strength. And on its own strength, in 2017 the party will be voted back to power with a thumping majority’’.