Patriarch brings warring Samajwadi party leaders together
In all four ministers including Shivpal were removed from the council of ministers by Akhilesh. Shivpal has expelled almost an equal number of CM's men. Every one in this light concluded that the party was on the verge of split. This possibility seem to be remote at present
Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav proved once again that he and he alone calls the shots in Samajwadi Party. He put an end, at least so it appears, to the on-going past one month tussle between his brother and senior party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav and his chief minister son Akhilesh Yadav.
Waiting and watching the actions of the two warring leaders during last few days, he opened up on Monday and, such is his influence on the two and grip on the party that , the two embraced each other and assured to bury the hatchet.
The assurance came at the end of a long meeting which was addressed by all the three. It was summed up by Mulayam. In his address he sounded more like a father than a party leader, pulling up his chief minister son on more than one issue.
Mulayam, 77, had all the praises for Shivpal and Amar Singh, Akhilesh's . But bete noire, for their services to him and none for his son. Treating him like a growing-up baby, he gave several fatherly advices to him including the one to respect these seniors and not to utter anything against them.
Before him, his uncle (Shivpal) had also chided him. Sensing the mood of his elders and finding himself alone, he broke down at the meeting which might not have gone well with his supporters who expected something else from him.
There was speculation before the meeting that he might form a separate party and go for an alliance with some like-minded parties before the assembly polls next year. Shivpal, however, did not call it a rumour but reality. He said Akhilesh had himself told me about this proposal.
The way the two warring leaders had acted during the past few days could lead to no other conclusion. Harsh words were matched by hard words and actions were matched by actions. If one of them took action against the supporter of the other, the other took a similar action. There was of spree of sacking.
In all four ministers including Shivpal were removed from the council of ministers by Akhilesh. Shivpal has expelled almost an equal number of CM's men. Every one in this light concluded that the party was on the verge of split. This possibility seem to be remote at present.
A party spokesman announced after the meeting that status-quo would be maintained and that Akhilesh would look after the administrative works and Shivpal Party affairs. It is not yet clear what is in store for the sacked ministers and leaders. They may be taken back later for improving the relation between the warring factions.