Differences within the first family of the Samajwadi Party are growing with every passing day as now Chacha and Bhatija have started showing their displeasure in public functions, too.
The differences were clearly seen during a function organized to observe the 50th death anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia where Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and party state president Shivpal Singh Yadav did not exchange a word during the function at Lohia Park in Lucknow.
Akhilesh, first went to Lohia Trust on Vikramaditya Marg and garlanded the statue of the socialist leader and thereafter, rushed to Lohia Park to pay his tributes.
At Lohia Park, the CM paid floral tributes to the socialist leader, even as Shivpal was waiting there for party president and his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav. After paying his tribute, the CM did not wait for a minute and left the place without waiting for his father. He did not even make any eye contact with his uncle Shivpal.
However, later Mulayam Singh Yadav reached Lohia Park and paid his floral tributes to the great socialist leader. In his brief speech, Yadav Sr expressed annoyance over a lack of communication between party workers and people.
“You are not going to the people and just trying to appease the senior leaders in Lucknow,” he said.
Senior UP Ministers like Om Prakash Singh, Ahmed Hasan, and other senior party leaders were present during that function. “These workers only raise slogans and they just want election tickets even as no one knows them in their constituencies,” Mulayam said.
Narrating his relationship with Dr. Lohia, Mulayam said he was a great philosopher and he met him on August 23, 1967.
“Nowadays, workers work hard to earn money but they do not follow the ideology. The workers do not hear the speeches of the big leaders, nor do they read about their previous leaders. We have made Lohia Trust and there are several thousands of books on the life of several big leaders, but unfortunately, no worker is interested in going there,” he stated.
Mulayam asked whether anyone knew about the speeches of Dr. Lohia and claimed that he still remembers the words of all important speeches of the socialist leader.
On the occasion, the party released a CD of 50 important speeches of Dr. Lohia.
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