Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav has ruled out forming any new party, though “as of now”. There were growing speculations about him and his once powerful brother Shivpal Yadav launching a new outfit in the coming days.
The Samajwadi party has been a talking point leading to the UP assembly elections earlier this year, owing to family feud between then CM Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal.
The drama had only accentuated further after Akhilesh Yadav went ahead allying with Congress, which was opposed by the party elders. The feud had even landed at the doors of Election Commission just ahead of the filing of nomination papers.
However, on Monday, the former three-time UP Chief Minister attempted to put an end to the speculation saying his blessings were with his son Akhilesh Yadav though he did not agree with the decisions made by him.
“I am not forming any new party as of now,” Mulayam said at a crowded press conference in Lucknow.
Despite the bitter battle for supremacy in the party, Mulayam said, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions.”
“Baap bete me kab tak matbhed rah sakta hai, koi nahi keh sakta” (No one can say for sure how long differences will remain between father and son),” the septuagenarian said.
Interestingly, Shivpal Yadav was not present at the press meet. Though Mulayam underplayed his absence saying he was away in Etawah-Mainpuri — the Yadav bastion — for some important work.
Asked as to whether he was with Akhilesh or Shivpal, Mulayam parried a directly reply saying, “I am with samajwadi people.”
When people were suffering from back breaking price rise and the BJP has “failed” to fulfil its promises in the past three years, “it is high time all like-minded people should unite”, he added.
As soon as Mulayam’s press conference ended, Akhilesh tweeted, “netaji zinadabad, Samajwadi Party zindabad”.
Earlier, Shivpal Yadav had announced in June that he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front “to fight communal forces”.