There is no rift among Shivpal, Akhilesh and Ram Gopal, said Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday. Mulayam also said, “There will no division in the party, till I am here.”
Hours after his resignation from the Uttar Pradesh cabinet and Samajwadi Party posts, Shivpal Yadav on Friday morning displayed a show of strength outside his home in Lucknow.
Hundreds of supporters of Shivpal protested outside his house demanding senior leader Ramgopal Yadav’s resignation. They said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has undermined Shivpal’s position in the party and that he should apologise for this.
Both SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh have rejected Shivpal’s resignation.
Shivpal has, however, made it clear that he will continue to follow Mulayam’s orders.
“I wish to strengthen the Samajwadi Party. We are all with Netaji (Mulayam). Netaji’s wishes are our command. Today, Netaji will come to the party office. In every situation, we will be with him. We are with Netaji and will state our viewpoint to Netaji,” Shivpal said.
The feud within the party broke out a few months before the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly elections which are due in early 2017. Shivpal being a prominent leader in the party, his resignation came as a huge setback.
Late on Thursday, Shivpal had submitted his resignation as minister and as state party chief amidst a rift in the Yadav clan. His resignation was rejected by his nephew, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Close aides of the former PWD minister informed that Shivpal has returned all government perks and facilities, like official staff and vehicles, and will be vacating his official residence, 7, Kalidas Marg on Friday.