A day after declaring that he would return portfolios to his uncle but should have a say in ticket distribution, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday congratulated Shivpal on his appointment as Samajwadi Party’s state president.
Akhilesh went to meet Shivpal at the latter’s residence with his wife Dimple.
“I want to congratulate the new state president (Shivpal Singh Yadav). All of you have worked together and will have to continue working hand in hand,” the chief minister said after the meeting while addressing supporters at his 5, Kalidas Marg residence.
Akhilesh has restored the portfolios of medical education and minor irrigation to him. But the chief minister has decided to keep the PWD portfolio with himself. Sacked mining minister Gayatri Prajapati will be taken back in the UP Cabinet and will soon take oath.
In a message to his supporters Akhilesh said, “Stop the agitation now. Let’s strengthen the party to win the elections. Whosoever has youth by his side, wins.” The CM also asserted that there is no rift in the ruling party.
“We are united, there is no rift in Samajwadi party,” he said, adding that politics is not a game, it is a serious business.
Early Saturday morning, Akhilesh’s supporters had converged at the party’s headquarters in Lucknow demanding that party’s state chief’s post be restored to him.
Shivpal’s supporters too showed up and started raising their own demands.
When his supporters were agitating outside the party headquarters, Akhilesh had sent a message asking them to leave the street and gather at his official residence.
Shivpal met his brother and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav briefly at the latter’s residence before Akhilesh made his announcement accepting his uncle as the party’s boss in UP.
In order to finish the feud between his son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday intervened and asked the chief minister to hand over 13 portfolios to Shivpal Yadav.
In a bid to end the raging feud in the family, Mulayam Singh Yadav worked on the compromise formula. His brother Shivpal Yadav and son Akhilesh Yadav had on Friday said they would comply with whatever Mulayam says.