Saturday, November 5th, 2016

SP: Happy Yadav parivar? Is party jamboree just show of unity

Narada Desk | November 5, 2016 1:32 pm Print
In a jibe clearly aimed at chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, however, Shivpal also said many people earned their positions in the SP through hard work, some by cosying up to the powers that be, while other had simply "inherited" the legacy
Differences still persist : Akhilesh Yadav , CM Uttar Pradesh with Shivpal Yadav

The rift in the Samajwadi Party  once again came to the fore  at the silver jubilee  celebrations. At an apparent dig at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav  in his address to party workers has  clearly ruled himself out of the chief ministerial race in the run-up to the upcoming assembly elections, but stopped short of declaring Akhilesh for the post.

“Khoon mangoge toh khoon bhi de denge, CM kabhi nahi banana. Kitna bhi apmaan karlo, main jaanta hoon accha kaam kia hai (If they want blood, I’ll give it to them but I don’t want to be the chief minister. You can insult me as much as you want, I know I have done good work),” he said. The leader made the announcement in Lucknow in  the presence of  SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and CM Akhilesh Yadav at the dias.

“It is because of Netaji’s struggle and the risks he took that SP was able to form government in UP not once but thrice,” he said. He then reiterated that he was ready to sacrifice anything for the party but he didn’t want to be the chief minister. “Jitna tyag lena chaho le lo, mujhe mukhya mantri nahi banana hai (you can take anything from me, but I don’t want to be the chief minister),” he said.

In a jibe clearly aimed at Akhilesh, Shivpal said many people earned their positions in the SP through hard work, some by cosying up to the powers that be, while other had simply “inherited” the legacy. He added, “But there are some people in the party who, despite giving their life to it, get nothing. I want to say that while many have had a good time at the expense of the party, many others feel deeply insulted, and sidelined.”

The Samajwadi Party has been in the middle of a bitter family feud between Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal, with party workers divided on the issue. Party supremo Mulayam has time and again insisted that there is no rift within the party even as both Shivpal and Akhilesh seemed  to be at odds with each other.

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