September 16, 2016: Embarking on his political shrewdness Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav have come up with a definitive “four point solution” to restore truce in the family-owned party and end the ongoing rift between son Akhilesh and brother Shivpal Yadav.
In a desperate move to ease the tension in the Yadav clan, the party supremo has clearly suggested four-way path to follow. First of, Shivpal would get back his key portfolios. He will also be reinstated as the Samajwadi party president. Gayatri Prajapati who was sacked as the Mining Minister, will rejoin the UP cabinet. The decision on Deepak Singhal would be pronounced later on.
After meeting with son and brother in the morning Mulayam Singh Yadav spoke to the press defiantly. He assured a solution in his presence and said discords in a big family are common. “There is no fight between Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh,” he had said. He was confident that everyone in the party, including brother Shivpal and son Akhilesh would never defy his words.
The rift had challenged the roots of Smajwadi Party as supporters of CM Akhikesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav were at loggerheads and had even shouted slogans against each other before the meeting. The discord was on since Akhilesh stripped off Shivpal’s key ministerial portfolios on Tuesday.
CM Akhilesh Yadav had ousted Shivpal Yadav as Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, after showing door to Gayatri Prajapati. Sensing the tension Mulayam Singh Yadav replaced Akhilesh Yadav as the state party chief with Shivpal Yadav. Hours later, a furious Chief Minister took away key portfolios held by Shivpal Yadav, igniting an unprecedented crisis in the Samajwadi Party.
A worried Mulayam Singh since then was engaged in thrashing out an amicable solution to the biggest crisis of his personal life and political career.
Hundreds of Shivpal Yadav supporters massed outside his residence raised anti-Akhilesh slogans demanding that all the departments be restored to their leader.
They accused Akhilesh of humiliating Shivpal Yadav, and insisted that the Chief Minister should apologize to his uncle by touching his feet and seeking forgiveness.
Many wept openly after coming to know that Shivpal Yadav had resigned from the cabinet.
More than two dozen Samajwadi Party legislators met Shivpal Yadav on Friday. Uttar Pradesh assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey also drove up to Shivpal Yadav’s house.
Mulayam Singh, however, rejected the resignation of Shivpal Yadav as the state party chief.
In between Party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav on Thursday termed Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh as the villain in the entire sordid episode.
On his part, Akhilesh Yadav has rejected Shivpal Yadav’s resignation from the cabinet as PWD Minister.
There was a brief meeting between the two on Thursday night at which both apparently remained daggers drawn. An hour later, Shivpal Yadav, his wife Sarla and son Aditya Yadav faxed their resignations to Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Aditya is an elected chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Federation while Sarla Yadav is chairperson of the Etawah Cooperative Federation.
Being the head of Yadav Clan, party supremo’s four point solution is definitely a big personal and political victory ahead the crucial Uttar Pradesh polls in 2017.