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.
In an apparent message to his warring son, Mulayam gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s example to him saying: “Look at Prime Minister Modi, he became the PM with dedication and struggle. He comes from a poor family, says he can’t leave his mother.”
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.
Ever since PM modi became the prime minister in 2014, he continues to visit his mother, Heeraben Modi, who lives in a modest house in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar city.
The SP Supremo also said that Akhilesh “has lost his mind” after getting the chief minister’s chair. “Drunkards, goons have been added to the party. You get some power and it goes to your head. Few leaders know nothing except flattery. Some ministers are just busy being sycophants and the people who can’t think big, can’t be a minister,” he said.
“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.
At a meeting of party legislators, MPs and ministers, which ended abruptly, Mulayam said, “I can’t tolerate anything against Amar and Shivpal. Amar saved me from going to jail”. “I cannot forget the work done by Shivpal Yadav,” he said while describing Shivpal as a mass leader.
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.