New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said that he will not form a “new party” and will remain with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“People are saying a new party will be formed. Who is forming this new party? I am not,” Akhilesh Yadav said, while addressing the party supporters at SP headquarters in Lucknow.
“If Netaji (Mulyama Singh Yadav) had asked me to resign I would have resigned,” the chief minister said. Akhilesh Yadav also accused people of creating confusion among the senior leadership.
Akhilesh Yadav broke down while addressing party workers and said that he will stand up to the conspiracy and injustice against him. He asked Mulayam Singh Yadav to decide the future of the party.
The UP chief minister also reminded that he had fulfilled the promises made by Mulayam Singh, his father, by completing all projects on time.
The crisis in the first family of Uttar Pradesh unfolded yesterday when Akhilesh held a meeting of party legislators, a day ahead of a mega meeting of party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and ministers called by Mulayam.
After the meeting, the Chief Minister recommended to Governor Ram Naik that Shivpal, Narad Rai and Om Prakash Singh (all Cabinet ministers) and Sayeda Shadab Fatima (MoS – Independent charge) be sacked from his ministry. This was accepted immediately.
While the meeting was underway, hundreds of Akhilesh’s supporters were raising slogans in his favour outside.
Significantly, before Akhilesh announced the sacking of Shivpal and three other ministers, Ramgopal issued a letter written to party workers, expressing support to the Chief Minister and warning those opposing him.
After his sacking, Shivpal met Mulayam at his residence.
Hours later, he announced that the SP chief had expelled Ramgopal from the party for six years.