Mulayam Summons Akhilesh, Shivpal Over Power Tussle in Samajwadi Party


Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday summoned Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and the party state chief Shivpal Yadav to meet him, a day after the latter’s appointment sparked a fight in the party. Shortly before he left for Delhi Shivpal told he would follow what party chief, and elder brother, Mulayam decides.

Ignoring speculation that he would quit over his feud with his nephew Akhilesh, Shivpal said, “It is the discretion of the CM to give (or take) portfolios and remove officers and keep his advisors.”

He also said he will follow Mulayam’s orders on what needs to be done. “I will work to the best of my ability to discharge the duties given to me by Netaji. I will talk to Netaji. People of the state have full faith in Netaji and the Samajwadi Party,” he said.

Differences between Akhilesh and Shivpal have risen on several occasions, including on the choice of official to be appointed as the state’s chief secretary after Alok Ranjan’s term ended, and over stalling of Qaumi Ekta Dal’s merger with SP.

Speaking on the stalemate over the merger of Qaumi Ekta Dal with the SP, Shivpal said, “that matter is settled. We have spoken to Netaji. The two Ansari brothers have been taken in the party. That matter is settled.”