The ongoing succession battle in the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) appears to be headed for a split. A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav from his cabinet, along with five other members, the UP chief minster on Monday 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.
Mulayam on Sunday evening said that “Whatever I have to say, I will say tomorrow.” He made the remarks after a meeting with Shivpal, Om Prakash Singh, senior minister and spokesperson Ambika Chaudhary, and MLC Ashu Malik, and some others. Moreover, in a bid to counter his son, Mulayam Singh also has plans to strategise a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ on the lines of Bihar before the UP Polls.
When this report is being filed, supporters of Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav clashed outside the party headquarters in Lucknow. They started shouting slogans against each other. Many were trying to enter the premises but were pushed back by a ring of policemen.
According to media reports, Shivpal Yadav speaking to his supporters, alleges that he “recently went to meet the chief minister (Akhilesh Yadav). He said that he will make a party and ally with some other party. I was told that he (Akhilesh) will form a new party. I swear on Gangajal.”