A day after high drama at a key meeting of the ruling Samajwadi Party, its state unit chief Shivpal Yadav on Tuesday said all was well in the party as he visited Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence and was joined in later by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
“All is well in the party and the Mulayam family. I am with ‘netaji’ (Mulayam). We will abide by whatever directive is given by him,” he said.
Shivpal was answering questions from media persons at the SP headquarters in Lucknow which had witnessed high drama and ugly scenes with Shivpal calling his nephew Akhilesh a liar and even snatching the mike from him on Monday.
Shivpal drove to the SP supremo’s residence for the meeting. The chief minister also separately visited Mulayam’s residence.
Outside the state SP headquarters, tension once again ran high with followers of Shivpal and Akhilesh raising slogans in favour of their respective leaders.
Police had to be deployed in large number outside the SP central office and cordons were set up on the roads leading to Vikramaditya Marg where the SP office is situated.
The crisis has come at a time for the SP as it battles anti-incumbency, resurgent opposition parties and concerns over deteriorating law and order just months before the state polls.
In 2012 assembly polls, the Samajwadi Party won a record 224 seats out of the 403 seats.