Akhilesh hardens stance – not to take back sacked ministers; bats for Ram Gopal
The peace in Samajwadi party looks fragile. If Mulayam Singh Yadav has extended an olive branch to Akhilesh by declaring that he will continue to be the Chief Minister, Akhilesh has shown his intransigence. Amid the demand to reinstate the sacked ministers gaining grounds the Chief Minister has put his foot down saying that these ministers, including Shivpal Singh Yadav, would not be taken back.
People close to the Chief Minister told this reporter that Yadav has made up his mind that the ministers who have been shown the door will not be taken back in the ministry at any cost.
The Chief Minister had sacked the four ministers including his `chacha’ Shivpal Singh Yadav, Narada Rai, Om Prakash and Shaadab Fatima on October 23. It was believed that a reconciliatory formula has been worked out under which these sacked ministers would be taken back in the cabinet.
There were indications that an announcement in this line would be made on Tuesday when these four ministers marched to the party office and sat behind party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav when he told the press that decision to reinstate sacked ministers lies with the Chief Minister. Yadav Sr even said that Shivpal Singh Yadav has never asked for re-induction.
Reporters repeatedly asked Mulayam whether these sacked ministers would be taken back. Mulayam initially ducked the question but later said: “It is for the chief minister to decide. Ask this question to him. I have left this matter to the discretion of Akhilesh Yadav.”
Sources said that Akhilesh wants the expulsion of Ramgopal Yadav taken back. “The CM has made it clear that he cannot think of taking Shivpal Singh Yadav back in the cabinet till Ram Gopal Yadav’s expulsion is revoked,” the source close to the CM said.
Ramgopal, who is also known as a Professor, was expelled from the party after he wrote an open letter ahead of the crucial meeting of legislators called by Akhilesh asking them to support Akhilesh Yadav. In his letter, he had said:
“We want Akhilesh Yadav to be the next chief minister while the other camp desires his defeat in 2017 assembly election. The rival camp comprises of the people who have minted huge wealth by abusing office and also involved in moral turpitude and debauchery’’.
After this letter, Ramgopal was expelled from the party. On Tuesday when Mulayam Singh Yadav was asked about the statements made by his cousin, he said: “I do not give any importance to Ram Gopal Yadav anymore”.