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Mulayam defends Amar, Shivpal; SP meet ends in acrimony

Mulayam defends Amar, Shivpal; SP meet ends in acrimony
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">With the party supremo making clear his support for Amar Singh, describing him as his "brother" and Shivpal Yadav as "mass leader".<span style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">However, Mulayam made it clear that Akhilesh Yadav will remain in the party.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The SP supremo said the party was facing a difficult situation and party members should not fight with each other but his words had little effect as chaos broke out at the venue and heated words were exchanged on the dais leading to an abrupt end of the meeting.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The crisis in the ruling party seems to have worsened with Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav shouting at each other at the meeting.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Fresh clashes broke out outside the venue with supporters of rival sides exchanging blows, giving police a tough time.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">At a meeting of party legislators, MPs and ministers, which ended abruptly, Mulayam said, "I can't tolerate anything against Amar and Shivpal. Amar saved me from going to jail".
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Mulayam said mere donning of <g data-gr-id="73">red</g> cap (colour of SP's cap) does not make one Samajwadi.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Admonishing Akhilesh, the party supremo said he had been abusing Amar Singh.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">"Amar has helped me a lot. If Amar was not there I would have been in jail, he is like my brother," Mulayam said, describing the Rajya Sabha member as his brother.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">"Some ministers are just sycophants," he added.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">"I cannot forget the work done by Shivpal Yadav," he said while describing Shivpal as a mass leader.
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="" style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">"We are facing <g data-gr-id="75">difficult</g> situation, we should remove our weakness and not fight with each other," Mulayam said.
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<div style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;">Akhilesh says he will not break away from SP, offers to step<div style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;">

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<div style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;">Seeking to put at rest speculation, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today ruled out forming any new party and offered to step down if the party supremo and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav so desires.
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<div style="color: #444444; font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;"><div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">Akhilesh broke down while addressing a meeting of party legislators, ministers and MPs convened here by Mulayam Singh Yadav at the party headquarters, outside which supporters of rival SP factions exchanged blows prompting police to use force to disperse them.
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<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">Amid protests from his supporters, Akhilesh offered to step down as CM if Mulayam so desired.<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">"Let '<g data-gr-id="60">netaji</g>' (Mulayam) install a chief minister who he feels is honest," he said.<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">"Why should I form a new party?" he posed in an emotionally choked voice.
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<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">At the <g data-gr-id="69">meeting</g> Akhilesh said all these years he had toiled hard for the welfare of the people.<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">"<g data-gr-id="61">Merey</g> pita, <g data-gr-id="62">merey</g> guru <g data-gr-id="63">hain</g> (my father is my guru)" he said.<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">The Chief Minister said many people were trying to create divisions within his family using various machinations and that he had taught himself how to oppose any <g data-gr-id="59">wrong doing</g>.
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<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">His uncle Shivpal was present at the meeting.<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"=""><g data-gr-id="81">Tension</g> was palpable much before the meeting began with youth supporters of Akhilesh mounting pressure on the leadership in support of the chief minister.
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<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">The meeting assumed significance as it came a day after Akhilesh engaged in a face-off with his father by <g data-gr-id="64">sackingeach</g> other's loyalists Ramgopal Yadav and Shivpal Yadav.
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<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">Akhilesh had sacked Shivpal, his uncle and party's state unit chief, along with three other "pro-Amar Singh" ministers from his Cabinet.<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">
<div segoe="" ui",="" verdana,="" helvetica,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;="" background-color:="" #ffffff;"="">Mulayam, in a tit-for-tat action, expelled Ramgopal, pro-CM cousin and SP's national general secretary, from the party for six years, plunging the party into worst-ever crisis days ahead of its silver jubilee celebrations and at a time when Assembly elections were barely <g data-gr-id="82">few</g> months away.
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