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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The ongoing family feud poses a threat to both the Samajwadi Party and the state government.

As the turf war in Samajwadi Party intensifies in Uttar Pradesh, Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav has emerged as a mediator between the two warring factions led by state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav.
The ongoing family feud poses a threat to both the Samajwadi Party and the state government.

The sparring between Akhilesh and Shivpal threatened to blow up in a full-scale war, forcing SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to intervene. He held a four-hour long meeting with Shivpal in New Delhi yesterday to iron out the differences. Despite Shivpal replacing Akhilesh as the chief of the SP's UP unit, the fire is still raging.

Hence, Ram Gopal Yadav, the intellectual face of the family, came out as a mediator between the two camps today.

Meanwhile in the run up to the assembly elections, Mulayam made it clear that Shivpal was pivotal party's strategy. He said, "Shivpal will be in the party and governemnt, both. He will take care of the party in UP. I and Ram Gopal Yadav took the decision." The SP chief also played down the reports that Shivpal was unhappy with the way CM Akhilesh Yadav has acted. "Shivpal is never angry. He always keeps smiling," Mulayam said.

Taking an apparant jibe at SP leader Amar Singh, Akhilesh Yadav had said that an outsider was trying to create rift in the family. Ram Gopal Yadav echoed chief minister's sentiments saying, "Outsiders are hurting the Samajwadi Party." However, Shivpal Yadav denied the role of 'outsider'. "There is no outsider in the party," said Shivpal.

The current crisis, that the SP finds itself embroiled in, began with a dinner party on Sunday hosted by party's comeback man, Amar Singh. Akhilesh skipped the party, which was attended by Deepak Singhal among others.

In the company of high and mighty, Singhal allegedly made fun of Akhilesh's position in the party and as the chief minister. Within 36 hours, Singhal was sacked barely two months after being appointed as the chief secretary.

Singhal was always considered close to Shivpal Yadav and his removal was considered as an act against CM's formidable uncle.

Stripped UP minister gave feelers that he would prefer resigning from the government to work as per the diktat of Akhilesh. A meeting between Shivpal and Mulayam was arranged in New Delhi.
They met and discussed for over four-hours but the dispute remained unresolved. Shivpal returned to Lucknow saying Mulayam would have the final say.

Interestingly, Shivpal's son, Aditya Yadav accompanied his embattled father all this while. He sat through the discussion between Mulayam and Shivpal.

Aditya had once lost the election for Block Pramukh. Nonetheless, he is the chairman of UP Pradeshik Cooperative Federation.

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