Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav today slammed his son CM Akhilesh Yadav for ruining the whole Samajwadi party.
Addressing his party workers after unfurling the tri-colour at the party office in Lucknow, Yadav said, "The present government in Uttar Pradesh doesn’t want to work. Akhilesh has ruined the entire Samajwadi Party. Ministers of Akhilesh government are a burden for the party. There are some in the Cabinet who are deep involved in corrupt practices.”
The former UP chief minister accused his son of hogging all the power in the party.
"Today all the control in the party has shifted from me to Akhilesh. And the truth today is no one is working in the party.”
"Today party leaders are not doing honest work; most of them stay put in comforts of Lucknow, others indulge in land grabbing… chief minister knows everything but does not have courage to take action,” said Yadav, urging Akhilesh to clean up house before upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, so that the party can present a united front.
It is to be noted that this is not the first time when Samajwadi Party head publicly slammed his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. In the past, Mulayam, on several occassion, warned the UP government headed by Akhilesh, saying it would meet an electoral disaster if the 'present state of affairs' continued.
"If things are not rectified, there will be a severe disaster. Officers are going berserk and ministers as well as party MLAs are inert. The party must read the writing on the wall,” Mulayam had said.
The rift in the leadership of Samajwadi Party is out in the open now. Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister and senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav on Sunday threatened to resign from the party leadership. Addressing a rally in Manipur, the leader said that some leaders and party officers were not obeying his orders making it difficult for him to function. He also said that he would be forced to resign if the pattern continued within the party.
With the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, inner party politics seems to be taking the better of the party. However, Mulayam Singh Yadav stopped Shivpal from resigning, he was reportedly quoted saying,”I stopped Shivpal Yadav from resigning from his post. If Shivpal quits, the Samajwadi Party will be in deep trouble. There’s some conspiracy taking place against Shivpal. While he is engaged in his work, there are some who persecutes him.”
"He (Shivpal) is the only one one who listens to me and even he wants to resign why are they insulting him? If I stand up, this government will feel the heat," Mulayam Singh Yadav, 76, said.