SP crisis deepens as reconciliation efforts by senior leaders fail

Party sources said that the five leaders held consultations for close to three hours, during which Mulayam is said to have spoken for most of the time.
Akhilesh, Mulayam
The crisis in Samajwadi Party deepened further as reconciliation efforts by senior leaders failed to break the ice between Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh.
Five leaders — Rajya Sabha members Beni Prasad Verma, Reoti Raman Singh, Naresh Agarwal and Kironmoy Nanda  and Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey — met the SP chief at his residence for finding a solution to the bitter war that has dogged the Samajwadi Party’s first family.
Party sources said that the five leaders held consultations for close to three hours, during which Mulayam is said to have spoken for most of the time.
 Sources said during the meeting at Mulayam’s residence, none from his family was present. Shivpal Yadav was called twice inside the room.
 After his meeting with the SP chief, Beni Prasad Verma said “Mulayam Singh Yadav is very unhappy and upset with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and he vented his frustration  during the  meeting.’’
“Mulayam Singh Yadav is very upset with Akhilesh Yadav and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav. Though his anguish with the CM is not new, Akhilesh’ silence over Udayveer Singh’s letter has hurt him deeply,” Verma said.
SP vice-president Kironmoy Nanda said, “I am deeply saddened by the turn of events on Saturday and the party is headed towards disaster.”
The failure of the reconciliation efforts was also evident from the fact that against the wishes of Akhilesh Yadav, state SP chief Shivpal Yadav announced new office bearers of the four youth outfits on Saturday.
While Mulayam held a meeting with senior party leaders, the Chief Minister met his supporters at his residence.
 Meanwhile, the SP state executive in its meeting expelled Akhilesh Yadav’s confidant and MLC Udayveer Singh for six years. Singh, a first time MLC from Mainpuri, was junior to Akhilesh Yadav in Dholpur Sainik School.
Earlier this week, Singh had shot off a missive to Mulayam Singh Yadav, accusing his second wife Sadhna Gupta of plotting against the CM and indulging in black magic to topple his government. He had also demanded the SP chief stepped down from the post of national SP president and hand over the reins to his son Akhilesh.
The MLC had also accused that Shivpal Yadav, who recently replaced Akhilesh as the Samajwadi Party’s UP chief after a bitter turf war, was jealous of the Chief Minister’s popularity. He also demanded the revoking of expulsion of young leaders and stressed that Akhilesh Yadav was the most credible face of the Samajwadi Party.
 A native of Mainpuri, Singh is the fifth MLC besides chiefs of four youth outfits and over a hundred youth leaders of `Team Akhilesh’ to have been shown the door since the power struggle broke out in the SP’s first family in September.
Earlier on Mulayam’s direction, state SP president Shivpal Yadav had expelled Akhilesh loyalists and MLCs Sunil Yadav, Anand Bhaduria, Sanjay Lather and Arvind Yadav.
SP spokesman Mohammed Shahid said that the state executive unanimously adopted a resolution for action against Udayveer Singh. He said that the party will not tolerate anyone, howsoever big and important, if they speak against the SP national president.
Expelled MLC Udayveer Singh, however, said, “I have no regrets for my expulsion. I am with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and will continue to support him till my last breath.’’
“I stand by the contents of my letter. I have done no wrong. Whatever I said in my letter to the party president was nothing but objective truth and was in the overall interest of the party. I am confident that Mulayam Singh will do justice with the Chief Minister,’’ said the MLC.