Emotions were at play in the Samajwadi Party crisis on Sunday, as chief minister Akhilesh Yadav invoked his father amid reports that Mulayam Singh Yadav was distressed over the current developments and had told senior leaders that he “never imagined he would see such days”.
“Netaji (party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav) is my father and my leader. In both his capacities, I will serve him all my life,” Akhilesh said at the legislature party meeting on Sunday morning, according to a press statement.
Akhilesh appeared to have softened his stance soon immediately after the sacking of the party’s national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav. He issued a statement that he would participate in the silver jubilee celebrations of the party on November 5 and any other such event.
This cleared the suspense over his participation in the event. Since Wednesday, speculation was rife that he would give the event a miss in the backdrop of the family feud in the party.
The speculation began after Akhilesh announced he would go on “yatra” on November 3, two days ahead of the party’s November 5 event.
Akhilesh also cleared that air about rumours of him launching a new party: “I will stay in the party and consolidate it.”
He said he would gift the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on Mulayam’s birthday on November 22.
Rajendra Chowdhary, a minister close to the CM and who issued the press statement on his behalf, said most of the members of the party legislature attended the meeting.
Chowdhary also quoted Akhilesh as saying, “I will follow every order of Netaji. I have carried out with sincerity the responsibility that Netaji gave me and continue to do so”.
“I will not spare anyone who will conspire against the party and Netaji. Some people who have conspired in damaging the family, I will act against them and their supporters,” he said.
The statement also said several resolutions were passed at the meeting.