Coming out addressing his party workers amid feud with his son and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav assured that party will not split. Urging Akhilesh to stay away from dispute, Mulayam lashed out at cousin Ramgopal Yadav accusing him of conspiring to break the party.
Ramgopal Yadav, SP’s leader in Rajya Sabha, is seen backing Akhilesh faction amid the feud, even moving the Election Commission last week.
“I want unity in the party. I am neither making new party not changing our symbol,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said addressing his party workers at Lucknow.
The party patriarch is due to leave for New Delhi, which has become another centre of action concerning dispute in the party ruling Uttar Pradesh.
Asserting that he would not allow the SP to be split, Yadav turned emotional saying “I have given whatever I had. What is left with me? I only have you (workers) all.” Besides, he also advised his son Akhilesh Yadav to keep away from the dispute.
“I founded SP during Emergency days when Akhilesh Yadav was two years old,” Mulayam said, flanked by brother Shivpal Yadav.
“Akhilesh Yadav is Chief Minister and he will be the next CM also. Why are you (Akhilesh) going to these persons…Don’t drag yourself in dispute. We want unity in party at any cost,” he said once again pitching to settle the issue.
Taking on his cousin Ramgopal Yadav, the man seen a guiding hand behind Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam accused him of hatching a thick to split the party. “I know who met the president of another party thrice. He wants to save his son and daughter-in-law. He should have approached me. I would have saved them” he said.
“I know who is forming Akhil Bhartiya Samajwadi Party (ABSP) and desiring motorcycle symbol,” Mulayam said referring to the section of reports that his anti faction was seeking a separate party symbol.
Mulayam also praised his brother Shivpal Yadav, whose ouster has been demanded by Akhilesh along with that of Mulayam’s close aide Amar Singh.
“Your worry is justified because Samajwadi Party has been formed after struggle. I had gone to Delhi so that there is no harm to party’s unity. I have given full time for the party and will not let it split,” he once again told his party workers.
The two SP factions led by Mulayam and Akhilesh have staked claim over the party and its election symbol ‘cycle’ ahead of Assembly elections. The matter will be heard by Election Commission on January 13.
(With inputs from the PTI)