Lucknow: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav said his sacking from the cabinet was the result of a conspiracy within the party by people who were hand in glove with the BJP.
Addressing the media after being dropped from cabinet by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal said, “People from our side met the BJP three times… to avoid the CBI… They just went ahead and levelled accusations. The Chief Minister is failing to understand this”.
This, he said, was the time to strengthen the party and he said he would contest the elections under the leadership of brother and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Shivpal Yadav’s comments are seen as an attack on cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, who has sided with the nephew, wrote a letter to party workers saying its future lay with Akhilesh Yadav. While no one had been specifically targeted, the letter spoke of people who had a negative mindset, “minted crores of rupees and misused power”.
The sacking of Shivpal Yadav for twice in as many months has triggered speculations of a coming split in the party, which Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has already denied.
“Mulayam Yadav is my father. I’ll serve him all my life. I don’t want to split the party,” he had said.
The sacking of Shivpal Yadav is seen as Akhilesh Yadav’s retort to his father, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has been promoting his brother Shivpal over his son in the run-up to next year’s assembly elections.
In September, Akhilesh Yadav had dropped Shivpal from the cabinet after he had crafted an alliance with gangster-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari. But he was forced to restore him to cabinet and let the alliance stand after Mulayam Singh intervened.