Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shivpal Yadav-Akhilesh Yadav strife: 'Will abide by Mulayam Singh Yadav directives'

As open strife in the ruling Yadav clan pushed Uttar Pradesh into political crisis, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday cancelled some official engagements, while his uncle Shivpal Yadav, who was stripped of key portfolios, said he will abide by the directions of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The SP top brass, meanwhile, swung into a damage control mode to keep the flock together ahead of the state Assembly elections, with Mulayam Singh Yadav calling Shivpal and Ram Gopal Yadav for a meeting in New Delhi.

As the state plunged into crisis, the chief minister stayed put in his 5, Kalidas Marg official residence since morning to take stock of the situation and did not attend two official engagements perhaps to avoid the media.

Amid speculation that he will resign from the Akhilesh cabinet, Shivpal said giving and taking portfolios is the discretion of the CM and he will abide by the decision of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"It is the discretion of CM to give (or take) portfolios and remove officers and keep his advisors. I will follow Netaji's directions and will fulfill responsibilities given by him," he told reporters at Saifai, Mulayam's native village. Asked about his future course of action, Shivpal said,

 "I will talk to Netaji (Mulayam). People of the state have full faith in Netaji and the Samajwadi Party." From Saifai, Shivpal flew to Delhi to meet Mulayam even as thousands of his supporters gathered outside his residence there and the PWD guest house to express solidarity with him as speculation was rife that he might resign.

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