Samajwadi Party is now a divided house. After an all out war broke out on Tuesday, party’s senior leader Ram Gopal Yadav came out on Thursday to admit that party’s top leadership should not have removed Akhilesh as the chief of the party in the state.
Ram Gopal Yadav also played down the family feud as minor differences because of some misunderstanding.
“Differences do take place on some minor point and they can be resolved…. The leadership, though not deliberately, had made a mistake when CM was removed from the post of (state) president (of SP),” said Ram Gopal, who is known to be close to Mulayam’s son Akhilesh.
“He (CM) should have been asked to resign and he would have tendered it. He could have been told that elections are coming and you continue as CM and the work of state president will be taken care of by him (Shivpal). Some misunderstanding has taken place and there is nothing more to it,” he added.
Ram Gopal, who is Samajwadi Party’s national general secretary and Mulayam’s cousin, made the statement after he met Akhilesh in a bid to defuse the tension.
It all began on Tuesday when Akhilesh stripped his uncle Shivpal Yadav of key ministerial portfolios just hours after he was removed as the party’s state unit chief by his father Mulayam Singh. Not just that, Mulayam also appointed Shivpal in Akhilesh’s place as the head of the party in the state.
Ram Gopal Yadav asserted that there was no crisis” in Samajwadi Party. “Many times some decisions are made due to which people feel that there is some problem in the party. There is nothing like that. This happens in all parties in different situations,” Ramgopal.
On Wednesday, Akhilesh had made it clear that all was not good within the party.
“If I have taken any decision, it was in consultation with ‘netaji’, but at times one has to apply his own mind and I too took some decisions on my own,” said the young CM on Wednesday morning.
When asked about the Akhilesh’s statement Ramgopal underplayed the matter to say, “Whatever decisions the CM has taken were on the directions of party president (Mulayam).
Akhilesh had also said all was well within the party but not within the UP government.
Shivpal Yadav, the younger brother of Mulayam, was hurriedly called to Delhi to meet the party chief. He too chose to subside the differences within the party by saying, “Neither am I angry nor is Netaji (Mulayam). We all are happy…there are no differences.”
However, he also defended Mulayam’s decision to make him the state party president.
“The party president can take any decision. It is there in the party constitution,” said Shivpal Yadav when asked about heading the party in the state.
It is no secret that Shivpal has harboured chief ministerial ambitions since 2012 when he was overlooked by Mulayam, who instated his son Akhilesh as the chief minister.
Of late, Akhilesh has been focusing on sprucing up the image of his government. He recently overturned his father’s decision of a merger with Quami Ekta Dal (QED). Shivpal was said to have overseen the merger of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s QED with Samajwadi Party. But Akhilesh was adamant that the merger be called off because he wanted to maintain his clean image.
Earlier too, Akhilesh had opposed the inclusion of DP Yadav in the party ahead of the 2012 Assembly polls.
Meanwhile, SP keader Naresh Agarwal named Akhilesh as the chief ministerial candidate of the party in the upcoming Assembly elections which are due early next year.
More of the family drama will unfold on Friday when Mulayam Singh will meet his son Akhilesh along with other top party leaders to broker peace.
(With inputs from PTI)