Shivpal meets Akhilesh to say all is well in Yadav family
The 90-minute meeting is being seen as an attempt at reconciliation between Shivpal, a cabinet minister, and Akhilesh after intervention Mulayam Singh Yadav.assembly elections Updated: Aug 19, 2016 19:15 IST
Amid reports of differences between them, Shivpal Yadav, the brother of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, met his nephew and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday in Lucknow to send out a message that all is well in the family.
The 90-minute meeting is being seen as an attempt at reconciliation between Shivpal, a cabinet minister, and Akhilesh after intervention Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Speaking to journalists at his residence, Shivpal denied any “differences” within the family.
“Where is it?...I can’t see. The family met on Thursday and is with each other today also. We (Akhilesh and Shivpal) were busy yesterday. So we sat together today,” he said.
Shivpal had skipped a meeting of the state cabinet on Wednesday, adding fuel to speculation about his unhappiness, which was music to the ears of the opposition in view of the upcoming assembly elections.
“He is chief minister and I am a minister, we have joint responsibility in the government,” he said.
However, Shivpal admitted he was “pained” when action was not taken against land grabbers and accepted that some “party office bearers” were involved in such “illegal” acts.
“It’s my opinion that such persons should be sacked from the party,” he said.
Recently, even Mulayam had given a tongue lashing to the party lawmakers asking them to refrain from land grabbing and making easy money and instead concentrate on development work if they wanted to retain power in the state.
Exuding confidence that SP would form government again, and this time with a thumping majority, Shivpal said, “In 2017 we will get majority again and it will be bigger than 2012.”
SP had won 224 of the 403 UP Assembly seats last time and stormed to power.