The ongoing feud within the Samajwadi Party’s ruling Yadav family reached new depths at a party meeting on October 23 where Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son chief minister Akhilesh Yadav exchanged heated words, and the party supremo described Amar Singh him as his “brother” and Shivpal Yadav as “mass leader”. The meeting was held a day after the chief minister sacked uncle and senior party leader, Shivpal Yadav from the cabinet.
Clearly, the 76-year-old Mulayam wanted his son to stand by him, just the way Modi continues to stand with his mother and reveres her.
“I am extremely upset with the rift within the party. I know it’s a difficult situation. Those who can’t take criticism cannot become leaders,” Mulayam said.
Meanwhile, in an apparent attack on Samajwadi Party, PM Modi has urged the people to break the cycle of the regional parties –Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party — getting elected again and again in the state.
“The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party both loot in their own turns, and when the other comes to power they never take action against the other. SP-BSP-BSP-SP. The power keeps shifting, and in this game, this land never reached its potential. You have faced enough. If you want to escape this trap then you need to get out of this trap of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. Let’s break the cycle of SP-BSP and choose instead to make Uttar Pradesh an Uttam Pradesh,” he said.