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Friday, September 16, 2016

Samajwadi Party is safe:said Mulayam Singh

Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday tried to make light of the ongoing battle of supremacy in the party between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav and said that till he was around there was no way the party would get divided.


Addressing workers in Lucknow at the party headquarters after separate meetings with both the warring leaders, Mulayam also said for him the SP was not just a political entity but a family. Pointing out that workers and supporters of the party were worried about the unfolding events within the party, Mulayam said that Akhilesh would go and meet his uncle Shivpal. The Yadav chieftain also ruled out any major differences between Shivpal, Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh laid down new rules for his father and said that he wanted to be reinstated as the state party president and for the upcoming Assembly elections he wanted the responsibility of distributing party tickets. News18 reported that Akhilesh has also told Mulayam that he is ready to give Shivpal's ministries back to him after the assurance from the party supremo that his demands will be met. A meeting between Mulayam-Akhilesh-Shivpal will also be held.

SP party workers raised slogans in favour of Shivpal, the SP chief shouted them down and said they should remain quiet as he was speaking. He also dropped a bombshell later when he reversed the decision of his Chief Minister son and announced that former mines minister Gayatri Prajapati will be reinstated in the government. Prajapati was sacked on Monday based on serious charges of patronising illegal mining and minting ill-gotten money.

This move is likely to dent the authority of Akhilesh further. Mulayam's silence on return of Shivpal to the state cabinet is however being interpreted in different ways in political circles.
Sources told IANS that a solution has been thrashed out wherein all portfolios held by Shivpal prior to Tuesday would be given back to him and he will also remain the state party president.

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