‘Akhilesh insulted me for 5 years’: Mulayam Singh Yadav hits out at son as SP cracks widen
Samajwadi Party has been hit by a feud between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav, with Mulayam Singh backing his brother Shivpal.india Updated: Apr 02, 2017 09:50 IST
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav launched a stinging attack on his son and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday, deepening the faultlines in a party reeling from a drubbing in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections last month.
Speaking to reporters in his bastion of Mainpuri, the 77-year-old leader said he never felt as insulted in his life as he did during the five years of Akhilesh’s term as CM.
“I allowed Akhilesh to become chief minister when no father allows his son to become chief minister during his life time. He (Akhilesh) continued insulting me for five years and talked to me only for five minutes,” he said.
Mulayam’s comment is the latest episode in a bitter public spat inside SP’s first family that saw a series of tit-for-tat sackings and vitriolic barbs.
Akhilesh staged a virtual coup against his father before the polls and took control of the party, sidelining Mulayam and his influential brother Shivpal. The then CM also forged an alliance with the Congress against his father’s wishes but suffered a shock loss in the assembly polls, winning just 47 seats in the 403-member assembly.
Mulayam has been silent about his son since election results were announced on March 11. But on Saturday, he launched his most scathing attack yet.
“I had never been insulted so much as I was during these five years. The chief minister even removed his uncle Shivpal from the post of minister,” the veteran leader said.
“I allowed Akhilesh to become chief minister when no father allows his son to become chief minister during his life time. He (Akhilesh) continued insulting me for five years and talked to me only for five minutes.” --- Mulayam
Mulayam also appeared to support a statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally, where the BJP leader had criticised Akhilesh and asked how anyone could trust a person who wasn’t faithful to his father.
Without naming the party’s national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, Mulayam said: “Those having no vote base are hatching a conspiracy against me. But he (Ramgopal Yadav) should understand that I rely on the masses, and not him, now.”
“Some sections are suggesting floating of a new party but I have to see what ‘my people want,” he said.
Mulayam also said there was a conspiracy against him and asked supporters to wait for some time before decisions were taken.
“I did not intervene in what happened in the last few months but I have to speak here so that ‘my people’ do not find fault with me,” he said.
Mulayam said the people voted the Samajwadi Party to power in 2012 with a majority of seats because of him.
But at the same time, he applauded the development work undertaken during Akhilesh’s five-year rule, adding the reasons for the defeat in 2017 elections were being assessed.
First Published: Apr 01, 2017 16:32 IST