Stripped of 3 ministries, Shivpal says will talk to Mulayam, decide next step
UP minister Shivpal Singh Yadav has been given the relatively less important social welfare portfolio in place of the key PWD, irrigation, revenue and cooperative departments he held earlier.YadavFamilyFeud Updated: Sep 15, 2016 18:53 IST
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav rejected on Wednesday talk of turmoil in his party and family after his nephew, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, took away three ministries from him.
“It is the discretion of CM to give (or take) portfolios and remove officers and keep his advisors. I will follow netaji’s directions and will fulfill responsibilities given by him,” he said when journalists asked him about speculation that he is going to resign.
Shivpal is scheduled to meet party chief and elder brother Mulayam , who is called netaji in his party.
“I will talk to Netaji (Mulayam) before taking a decision… Everything is okay within the party,” Shivpal told reporters. “I will go to Delhi and talk to him,” he said after being asked about the conversation he had already had with the SP chief.
Akhilesh’s move came within hours of his father appointing Shivpal as the party’s state president replacing his chief minister-son on Tuesday. Earlier during the day, Akhilesh replaced the state’s top bureaucrat Deepak Singhal, known to be close to Shivpal.
“It’s his right (to take the) decision as the chief minister,” Shivpal said on Wednesday.
“I have been given this responsibility (of being the UP chief of SP) to head the organisation; elections are drawing near, I will strengthen the party and make it battle-ready,” he said.
The churning in the party and bureaucracy set the grapevine on fire in the poll-bound state with unconfirmed reports suggesting that the sacked minister is mulling options of resigning from the government.
Shivpal has been given the relatively less important social welfare portfolio in place of the key PWD, irrigation, revenue and cooperative departments he held earlier. The chief minister kept PWD with him.
Shivpal’s appointment as the state party chief was considered Mulayam’s way of striking a balance between his son and his brother ahead of the elections. The SP is expected to face a tough fight from the BJP and the resurgent Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati.
The chief minister had earlier refused to merge a party floated by jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari with the SP, a proposal floated by Shivpal. Mulayam had recently ticked off Akhilesh for allegedly humiliating Shivpal.
On Monday, Akhilesh had removed two ministers facing corruption charges, seen as an image-refurbishing exercise by the SP government ahead of the elections.