All is well, will abide by Mulayam’s directive: Shivpal
Few days after Shivpal Yadav was removed as minister in Samajwadi Party government by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the former on Tuesday said that all was well in the party as he visited Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence and was joined in later by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
“All is well in the party and the Mulayam family. I am with ‘netaji’ (Mulayam). We will abide by whatever directive is given by him,” Shivpal said.
Earlier, Shivpal was responding to questions at the Samajwadi Party headquarters in Lucknow, which had witnessed high drama and ugly scenes with Shivpal calling his nephew Akhilesh a liar and even snatching the mike from him on Monday.
Shivpal drove to the residence of Mulayam to see him, reports PTI. The SP supremo is suffering from severe toothache and is taking rest at his residence. Chief Minster Akhilesh Yadav also separately visited the residence of the party supremo.
Outside the state SP headquarters, tension once again ran high with supporters of Shivpal and Akhilesh raising slogans in favour of their respective leaders.
There was no official meeting between the Yadav clan, however, informal talks were on since last night for a rapprochement between Shivpal and Akhilesh as their growing chasm has cast a shadow over the electoral prospects of the party ahead of the 2017 assembly polls.
At Monday’s meeting, Mulayam Singh sided with his younger brother Shivpal and friend Amar Singh, and reprimanded son Akhilesh but ruled out his removal as chief minister.
Akhilesh first had offered to step down but later accused Amar Singh and those close to him of hatching a “conspiracy” against him and his father.
There were sharp exchanges between Akhilesh and Mulayam, who virtually dismissed him as an insignificant entity in UP politics who could not win an election without his support. “What is your capability? Can you win elections?” he said.