Lucknow, Jan 17, 2017: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that that he never had differences with his father and no can break the bond between them.
Addressing party workers here, Yadav said: “My relationship with my father can never be changed. We will take ‘netaji‘ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) along, ties with him are unbreakable. Yesterday’s EC’s verdict was in no way a matter of joy for me. But it is important to fight some battles.”
“The moment EC’s decision was put in public domain, few people erupted in joy but I immediately rushed to meet Netaji (Mulayam Singh),” he said.
Asking workers to turn their attention to the upcoming elections, he said, “His (candidates) list and ours is almost 90 percent same.”
Akhilesh statement came a day after Election Commission recognised the faction headed by him as the Samajwadi Party and allotted the reserved party symbol ‘Bicycle’ to it for contesting the upcoming assembly polls.
Soon after the EC ruled its verdict, Akhilesh went to meet father at his residence and sought his blessings. It was not known what exactly transpired in the father-son meeting.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, prior to the EC announcement, had hit out at his son Akhilesh, stating that he would fight against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister if he does not listen to him.
“I called Akhilesh 3 times, but he met me for just a minute and left even before I could begin speaking,” Mulayam said.
Playing the religion card, Mulayam also claimed that Akhilesh does not have a single Muslim name on his list of candidates for the UP elections. He said he was worried his son was being seen as a “Muslim baiter.”
Speaking to party workers, Mulayam said he was trying his best to save the party.