While family feud is going on between Samajawdi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the latter on Monday declared to Election Commission that there was “no dispute” with son Akhilesh.
At a meeting with top Election Commission officials this morning, Mulayam along with Shivpal Yadav was asked about the ongoing tussle within the family and party, he said, “There is no rift between me and my son Akhilesh Yadav.” However, he blamed Ram Gopal Yadav for the current crisis in the party. He said, “My son is being provoked by one person,” without naming Ram Gopal Yadav. And Mulayam added, “We are sure that issues will be resolved.”
To another question, the founder of the party said, “We have differences over the election symbol which will be resolved by the EC.” He had also requested Rajya Sabha chairman to oust Ram Gopal Yadav as parliamentary party leader of Samajwadi Party.
Chief aide Ram Gopal Yadav along with Akhilesh’s uncle, on Saturday, carried the six boxes of documents to the Election Commission to prove that the UP chief minister now heads the state’s ruling party. However, Mulayam termed it as fake documents where Akhilesh Yadav was named party president in place of his father at a meeting attended by almost every Samajwadi Party MLA, and other leaders along with 5,000 workers on January 1.
Mulayam told the Election Commission that the convention called by Akhilesh Yadav camp was “unconstitutional” and that the party’s electoral symbol of ‘cycle’ should remain with his camp.