The war within the Yadav clan is back on. Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav pulled up his son Akhilesh Yadav while addressing party supporters in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. While coming down heavily on Akhilesh, the SP founder said, "One who can ditch his father can never be loyal to anyone."
He was quoted as saying: "Modi ne jo kaha kya galat kaha? Jo apne baap ka nahi huwa, wo kisi ka nahi ho sakta. (What did Modi say that was wrong? Those who can't be with their father, can't be with anyone.)"
The 77-year-old leader said he never felt as insulted in his life as he did during the five years of Akhilesh’s term as CM.
‘I allowed Akhilesh to become chief minister when no father allows his son to become chief minister during his life time. He (Akhilesh) continued insulting me for five years and talked to me only for five minutes,” he said.
Mulayam further said that Akhilesh doesn't pay him the due respect. "When he (Akhilesh) doesn't respect his father (Mulayam), how will people respect him?" Mulayam asked.
Endorsing the PM's views, Mulayam said, " Ye sahi hai ki jo baap ka nahin hua, wo kisi ka nahin ho sakta. "
In Mainpuri to inaugurate a hotel, the former Union defence minister claimed that it was this statement of Modi that affected the voters and led to the massive defeat of the Samajwadi Party. "But I did not say anything to anyone as my own blood was out against me," the three-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister added and lamented that it was a tragedy that his son joined hands with the Congress, a party which led "murderous attacks" on him not once but thrice.
Earlier, the bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mulayam at UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's swearing-in ceremony set tongues wagging. Modi and Mulayam shared a few words and almost everyone wanted to know what they had said to each other.
Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav were engaged in a bitter political war both within the party and the family. After Mulayam Singh made his brother Shivpal Yadav the UP unit chief of the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh revolted and sacked his uncle from the government.
In what followed, two obvious camps were formed in the party with Akhilesh and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav shooting down every move of the other side led by Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Yadav.
At one point of time, Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav were expelled by Mulayam-Shivpal camp. Akhilesh camp responded by convening the national convention of the party and removing Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Samajwadi President.
Akhilesh was elected as the Samajwadi Party president making it clear that the founder had lost control over his own political outfit.
The tussle between Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh went to the Election Commission. The poll panel recognised the Akhilesh faction and allowed it to use the official election symbol - cycle - of the Samajwadi Party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.