Even as SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav has initiated a process of reconciliation and damage control to end the bitter power struggle in the first family of the party, the state government has withdrawn the security cover from the state office of the ruling party on the Vikramaditya Marg.
SP leader in Rajya Sabha Ram Gopal Yadav had shot off a letter to his brother and SP supremo Mulayam Singh asking him to reconsider his decision of not projecting Akhilesh Yadav as the chief minister face of the party for the next assembly elections. SP leader warned that this decision would be suicidal for the party. After the receipt of the letter, Mulayam had several hour long consultations with Ram Gopal Yadav in Delhi, but the meeting remained inconclusive.
Ram Gopal Yadav said: “Mulayam Singh could take any decision that he wanted, but if the party’s tally in assembly election fell below 100, he alone would be held responsible. The same people who worship you for nurturing the Samajwadi Party to this level would hold you responsible for its decline also. History is ruthless. It spares no one.”
In a veiled reference to the way Akhilesh was being hounded within the party and the family, Ram Gopal said “The turn of events in the past few days have left the cadre in a state of dejection. It has also given rise to resentment against party leadership.” Ram Gopal’s intervention has come at a time when Akhilesh’s leadership is being questioned and he is being attacked within the party and the family.
Official sources said the security personnel posted during the day hours in the state office of the Samajwadi party have been withdrawn and they will now be deployed at the office of the Janeshwar Mishra trust. The office of the trust is the new workplace for the `Team Akhilesh” which includes the youth leaders who were recently expelled from the party and 3 MLCs. The CM had recently inaugurated the new office of the trust in Bandariya Bagh close to the office residence of the chief minister on Kalidas Marg.
Samajwadi Party sources said Ram Gopal Yadav has suggested a formula for ending the dispute in the family. He is insisting that the party must categorically decide the leadership issue and Akhilesh Yadav be projected as the chief minister candidate for the assembly elections. Mulayam is said to have assured his brother to look into his suggestions and soon take a decision.
“The sole cause of the feud in the first family of the party manifesting itself in thousand different ways is the resentment in the family over the sharing of the power cake. The issue has snowballed into a political crisis as the assembly elections are round the corner and every stakeholder wants to ensure his/her share in the power cake before the elections’’, said an SP leader privy to the reconciliation efforts in the party.
“For the last four and half years, the government is divided between national capital territory which includes Ghaziabad and NOIDA controlled by Ram Gopal Yadav from Delhi and rest of the state by Akhilesh Yadav. Under this arrangement, all the tickets for the State Legislative council, Rajya Sabha and other offices in the party and the government were decided by these two persons and rest of the members of the family particularly Shivpal Yadav was totally ignored leading to the feud’’, said the SP leader.
Pointing to the uneven distribution of the power cake, SP sources said: “Ssons of two brothers of Mulayam Singh Yadav are Lok Sabha MPs, grandson of another brother is MP from Mainpuri while the wife of the chief minister is also an MP. Aditya Yadav, son of senior minister Shivpal Yadav, the younger brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, is still waiting for more than four years for his ascension to the office of power’’. There can never be a lasting peace in the first family and the party as long as the anomalies in distribution of the power cake are not addressed, added an SP leader.