Mulayam declined offer to become Chief Minister of UP
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had used some harsh words against his chief minister son Akhilesh Yadav on Monday, softened his attitude towards him on Tuesday and said the decision regarding four sacked ministers would be taken by him (CM).
Talking to media persons here, he said, any decision regarding the council of minister has to be taken by him. "It is the chief minister's prerogative. He alone can decide who should be taken in and who should be out of the council."
The party patriarch, 77, also made it clear that the present incumbent will not be disturbed. "There is no opposition to him. No body wants a change. So he will continue in his position."
In reply to a question if he would like to take over as suggested by his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav he jocularly said "why should I become a CM for two months ( only a few months are left for the next assembly election )".
However, he would not like make any commitment about the future. The next chief minister, if the party gets a majority, will be decided after the election, he reiterated.
His stand on party Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh has remained the same. "Why do you drag his name in? he laughingly asked. Another Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav who has been expelled from the party, however, continues to be in his bad book." He is no more important to me," he said, clarifying his position.
The supremo who appeared quite cheerful maintained that the family was united and so was the party. His body language suggested that all vexing issues have been sorted out and that all those sacked ministers would be taken in.
A large number of Akhilesh and Shivpal supporters had gathered outside the party headquarters shouting slogans. At one point of time, police had to intervene to disperse the crowd which has blocked the road.