Mulayam should take over from Akhilesh as UP chief minister: Shivpal
A day after he was sacked by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav on Monday demanded that Samajwadi Party chief and Akhilesh’s father Mulayam Singh Yadav take over as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
UP chief minster Akhilesh Yadav broke down at a key meeting of its party leaders called by his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
In his emotional speech, Akhilesh said: “A conspiracy is being hatched against me. But I will resign if Netaji (Mulayam) asks me to step down as CM.” He also said that he is not forming a new party, dismissing speculation that the party is headed for a split just before assembly elections in the state.
“People are saying that a new party will be formed. Who is forming the new party, definitely not me,” said the UP chief minister.
Addressing party workers, Shivpal Singh said: “He (Mulayam Singh) should take over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.” At the meeting, both Shivpal and his nephew Akhilesh emotionally stated their cases before party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Following the ouster of Shivpal by Akhilesh, the latter’s father Mulayam had sacked the UP chief minister’s loyalist and Rajya Sahbha MP Ram Gopal Yadav from Samajwadi Party for six years.
Shivpal swore on ‘Gangajal’ that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had told him he would split the party and chart out on his own. “Main kasam kha ke kehta hoon hoon ki inhone mujhe kahan ye alag dal banayenge.” (I swear that he told me he will form a separate political party)
Shivpal said, “Kya mera yogdaan nahi hai Samajwadi party mein?” Jab Akhilesh adhyaksh bane, maine public mein support kiya. Aur mere saath kya hua? Jis din aadesh hua, mere saare vibhaag le liye jaate hain? Kya maine CM Akhilesh Yadav se kam kaam kiya tha? Maine har aadesh CM ka maana, Netaji ja bhi.” (Is my contribution to the SP any less? When Akhilesh was appointed SP state president, I supported him. But when I was appointed, he took away my departments. Did I work any less than Akhilesh? I listened to everything the CM said, as well as what Netaji said.)
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav made an emotional appeal to father and SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying he was everything as a result of what the SP chief had given to him.
Akhilesh said, “I have reached these heights in my political career because of you. But I will not allow anyone to conspire against you.”