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After 2 SP MLCs quit, Shivpal Yadav warns Akhilesh of more dissension in party

Akhilesh should hand over party’s leadership to Mulayam Singh Yadav and move on. Or else, dissension will rise in the party, warned Shivpal.

lucknow Updated: Jul 29, 2017 17:50 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal
Pankaj Jaiswal
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav has been repeatedly asking Akhilesh Yadav to hand over the reins of the party to his father Mulayam Singh Yadav to avert a split.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

In a warning to Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav, his uncle Shivpal asked him to transfer the party’s reins to father Mulayam Singh Yadav and hinted at more dissension in the party, after its two leaders quit the Uttar Pradesh legislative council.

The resignations of MLCs Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh are seen as a move to pave the way for chief minister Yogi Adityanath to enter the state legislature, a condition necessary for holding his post in the government. BJP’s Adityanath will not have to get elected to the state assembly, and instead, can now win a seat to the legislative council.

“He (Akhilesh) still has the opportunity. He should hand over party’s leadership to Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and move on. Or else, dissension will rise in the party,” warned Shivpal.

Everything is now in the hands of Akhilesh. If he wishes, everything can be fine and come into a proper order. Netaji should be given control of the party, said Shivpal.

SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who lost the post of party president to son Akhilesh in an internal feud before the state polls this year, is said to be aligning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. Mulayam’s brother Shivpal stayed by his side, while cousin Ramgopal Yadav and a host of leaders went with Akhilesh.

Shivpal also told newspersons in Lucknow that he had talked to independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh, aka Raja Bhaiya, an SP ally, about dissatisfied legislators in the party.

He also said that he had a talk with another SP MLC Madhukar Jaitley, who was also likely to quit along with Nawab and Yashwant Singh. Jaitley has not confirmed his plans yet.

Jaiveer Singh, a BSP MLC, too resigned from the membership of the legislative council. While he joined the BJP, the SP leaders have not joined it.

All the three resignations happened shortly after the BJP president Amit Shah landed in Lucknow for a three-day visit.

Before what unfolded in Lucknow on Saturday, Shivpal had issued similar warnings to Akhilesh in Azamgarh on Friday where he held his first rally since the party’s debacle in state elections.

“Everything is now in the hands of Akhilesh. If he wishes, everything can be fine and come into a proper order. Netaji should be given control of the party,” the senior SP leader said, adding, “Hope, he thinks in this direction.”

“There is a deep disappointment among the youths in the party. As soon as Netaji is given proper respect and leadership of the party, the disappointment will dissolve. The youths will start working with a fresh zeal. By passing on the leadership to Netaji, Akhilesh can save the party,” the former UP minister said.

He, however, added that if Akhilesh didn’t do so, the party might split.

Shivpal is in Azamagh as part of his month-long statewide tour to seek opinion of his supporters and party youths on various issues.

He said he would make any decision on his political future after the tour. “As of now, I am busy uniting people associated with the socialist ideology,” said the party veteran who met a number of socialist leaders and his supporters there.

Azamgarh is stronghold of the Samajwadi Party and is represented by Mulayam in Lok Sabha.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 17:17 IST