The Yadav family feud in Uttar Pradesh has more twists and turns than one could possibly imagine.
A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was expelled from the Samajwadi Party by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, his expulsion was quickly revoked, as per party president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s orders. In a deal, supposedly brokered by senior Samajwadi Party leader and cabinet minister Azam Khan, Akhilesh Yadav’s close aide Ram Gopal Yadav, was taken back too.
Here are major developments in this story:
* Samajwadi Party state chief Shivpal Yadav announced: “Netaji (Mulayam Singh) told me to revoke Akhilesh’s expulsion. Now we will all fight UP polls united and will form the government with majority. Now all misunderstandings are over and we will discuss all the things again and take decisions. We will discuss on ticket distribution.”
* Earlier on December 31, Akhilesh Yadav met many lawmakers and other leaders of the party at his 5 Kalidas Marg residence cum office in Lucknow. PTI reports that over 200 of the 229 SP MLAs back Akhilesh.
* This move comes after Akhilesh released a list of 235 candidates out of the total 403 seats for upcoming state assembly elections, rejecting the list announced by Mulayam Singh Yadav.
* Mulayam Singh Yadav had also called a meeting this morning at his residence of all the candidates that he has named. Mulayam’s list included many sitting MLAs. However, about 20 legislators showed up for the meeting, along with about 60 other candidates.
* Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, said he was glad to know that the matter is sorted now. Lalu has family ties with SP chief as his daughter is married to Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap Yadav, grandnephew of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
* On December 30 evening, Mulayam expelled Akhilesh and National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years, for refusing to accept the candidates he had chosen for the UP elections. Mulayam Singh said he had solely founded the party and questioned the contribution of Akhilesh and Ram Gopal. He said he took this decision to save the party. He also said that he will decide as to who will be the chief ministerial candidate of the party.
* Several of Akhilesh Yadav’s key aides were excluded in Mulayam’s list. Candidates recommended by Shivpal Yadav were favoured, including some with criminal backgrounds who were fiercely opposed by the chief minister.
* Samajwadi Party member Atiq Ahmed expressed his disappointment over the split in the party, saying that if he was reason behind the feud, he was ready to step back.
* The BJP had termed the Samajwadi Party split a New Year gift to people of Uttar Pradesh, saying that the ‘vidaai’ of the current first family of Uttar Pradesh is certain now.
* The Congress Party called Akhilesh’s expulsion a case of political instability in the state. The party termed it worrisome for democracy.
* Amar Singh has backed Mulayam Singh and urged party workers to do the same. “Aaj toh kuch aisa lag raha hai ki Ram Chandra keh gaye siya se aisa kalyug aayga, beta karega raj bechara baap jungle ko jayga,” he said.