Mulayam advises Akhilesh to keep away from party dispute
Amidst the ongoing tussle in the party, Mulayam in his address to party workers at the SP headquarters here before leaving for New Delhi once again trained his guns at cousin Ramgopal accusing him of conspiring to break the party and threw his weight behind brother Shivpal Yadav, who is at loggerheads with the UP Chief Minister.
"I know who met the president of another party thrice. He wants to save his son and daughter-in-law. He should have approached me. I would have saved them.
"I asked them (rival camp) not to dispute. I want unity in the party. I am neither making new party not changing our symbol," he said.
"I know who is forming Akhil Bhartiya Samajwadi Party (ABSP) and desiring motorcycle symbol," he said.
Apparently referring to son Akhilesh's claim for the party president's post, Mulayam turned emotional and said, "I have given whatever I had. What is left with me? I only have you (workers) all."
"I founded SP during Emergency days when Akhilesh Yadav was two years old," Mulayam said, flanked by brother Shivpal Yadav.
"Akhilesh Yadav is Chief Minister and he will be the next CM also. Why are you (Akhilesh) going to these persons...Don't drag yourself in dispute. We want unity in party at any cost," Mulayam said.
Mulayam also praised Shivpal, saying he toiled very hard for the party.
Akhilesh has been demanding removal of Shivpal from the post of the SP's UP chief and sacking of Amar Singh. But, both his demands have not been entertained by Mulayam leading to the logjam in the party in the poll-bound state.
In his address to the party workers, he said, "Your worry is justified because Samajwadi Party has been formed after struggle. I had gone to Delhi so that there is no harm to party's unity. I have given full time for the party and will not let it split".
Won't form new party, nor change symbol: Mulayam
"I had gone to Delhi to save the party from breaking," Mulayam Singh told party workers at his residence here. "What else do I have apart from you people.
"I can understand your concern over the party as it is the result of a lot of hard work," he said.
Mulayam Singh also said he won't be forming any new party.
"We are not going to set up any other party nor are we changing our symbol 'cycle'."
He said the party's other faction led by his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had sought a new name, Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Party, and a new election symbol, 'motorcycle'.
"Will you people accept that?" he asked his supporters.
Without taking the name of Ram Gopal Yadav, he blamed him for the rift in the Samajwadi Party.
"A few people want to break the party. They went ahead and met the leaders of the opposition parties. And I have every information of that.
"I won't allow the party to break," he added.