Lucknow: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav provided on Saturday two additional departments of medical education and minor irrigation to his estranged uncle who was stripped of some key portfolios a few days ago.This raises the total number of departments with him to 13.
He has also given the departments to him which had been taken back excepting the lucrative Public Works Department which he has kept with himself. Akhilesh has already written a letter to governor Ram Naik in this regard.
Later, he met him and congratulated him for having been appointed state party chief in his place. This was a major bone of contention in view the forthcoming election in the state. Party head plays a major role in selection of candidates and this may be one of the reasons for his displeasure.
However, he seems to have reconciled to it in view of his father and national party president Mulayam Singh's persuasion. He has been assured that Mulayam will take a final call on the issue and that might have helped him change his stance.
During the meeting with his uncle, he told media persons, he assured him of his full cooperation and promised to work jointly for the betterment of the party. He claimed that the party would do better in the coming election than the previous one.
On the other hand he asked party workers and leaders to highlight the achievements of his government during the past four and a half years. " I have done more than what was promised in the manifesto. Kisan pension scheme is one of them".
Asserting that "politics is not a game but a serious business" he said that the date and direction of his Rath Yatra was yet to be finalised . Most probably it would be undertaken in October, party sources said.