The crisis in the Samajwadi Party seems to have blown over with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday congratulating his uncle Shivpal on his appointment as the Samajwadi Party’s state president.
Akhilesh’s acceptance of Shivpal as party boss in UP came a day after he declared that he would return portfolios to his uncle but should have a say in ticket distribution for the assembly elections next year.
Akhilesh went to Shivpal’s house for lunch and later asked his supporters who had gathered outside to end their agitation. This, after Shivpal met his brother Mulayam briefly at the latter’s residence in the morning.
“I want to congratulate the new state president (Shivpal Singh Yadav). All of you have worked together and will have to continue working hand in hand,” Akhilesh said while addressing supporters at his 5, Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow .
“We are united, there is no rift in Samajwadi party,” the chief minister told his supporters, adding that politics is not a game, it is a serious business.
“Youths will decide the direction of the new government. The party having youths will form the next government,” he said and asked his supporters not to resign from any party or government post.
“Those who have been talking about resigning from their posts, I would urge them not to do so. Work in such a manner that our leaders feel proud of you,” he said.
“All of you want the SP to form the next government. Many parties are conspiring against us. So, there should be no more agitations. I have promised to abide by Netaji’s decision and have accepted it. All of you should also do so,” Akhilesh said.
As the workers continued to shout slogans in his favour, Akhilesh said: “Those of you who do not understand would not be able to fight. It is necessary you understand my point as you fight.”
Akhilesh also restored the portfolios of medical education and minor irrigation to Shivpal. But the chief minister has decided to keep the PWD portfolio with himself.
Early Saturday morning, Akhilesh’s supporters had converged at the party’s headquarters in Lucknow demanding that party’s state chief’s post be restored to him.
There was more drama near the party’s headquarters when a young man slashed his throat. Initially it was thought that the man was a supporter of Akhilesh. But SP workers said he was not a member of the party.
The youth was rushed to the civil hospital by Gautampalli police. He was later referred to trauma centre of the King George’s Medical University where his condition was stated to be critical.