Samajwadi Party feud shows no signs of abating
Mining minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, who was accused of corruption and his department faces a CBI probe and one topmost bureaucrat Deepak Singhal of UP government, were sacked by Chief Minister and son of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Adding more, on Wednesday he also cancelled some official engagements of his uncle Shivpal Yadav, who was stripped of key portfolios. Shivpal however dared CM with a smile and asserted that he will abide by the directions of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the same morning while addressing a press conference.
Though the bludgeon hits at Shivpal apparently, but the real tug-of-war has been emerged between father and son since few months. Even in earlier the SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was seen to criticize Akhilesh government in public meetings and he also regretted his decision to make Akhilesh chief minister instead of himself after his party swept the 2012 UP elections. Sources said, Mulayam had been miffed with both expelled bureaucrat Singhal and minister Prajapati over the corruption charges against them but as Prajapati reportedly belongs to senior Yadav’s aides and senior SP leaders Amar Singh and Shivpal Yadav’s camp and they pleaded the case of the sacked ministers, Mulayam asked CM Akhilesh to withdraw his decision.
Samajwadi Party leaders close to Shivpal said he has already proposed that to end the strife and get the party campaign back on track Mulayam should remove his son and take over as chief minister. Shivpal Yadav reached Delhi by special flight on Wednesday afternoon and has offered resignation to his brother and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, said sources.