India: Shivpal Yadav's resignation bares feud in Uttar Pradesh's first family

As soon as he reached Lucknow, Mulayam summoned Shivpal (in picture), who is at loggerheads with Akhilesh, and held closed door meeting with him to defuse the situation. Photograph:( Facebook )

WION Lucknow, India Sep 16, 2016, 02.25 AM (IST)

Amid open feud in the first family of India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, newly appointed state chief of ruling Samajwadi Party, Shivpal Yadav, resigned from the party on Thursday night. 

According to media reports, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav rushed to the state's capital, Lucknow, from the national capital, New Delhi, on Thursday evening apparently to resolve the differences between his son and chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, and brother Shivpal. 

Following the meeting, however, Shivpal resigned from all party posts and the ruling government.  His wife, Sarla, also resigned from the post of District Cooperative Bank chairperson, Etawah. While son Aditya submitted resignation as the chairman of Pradeshik Cooperative Federation, the sources added. 

However, Indian news agency, ANI, said that the chief minister has rejected his uncle's resignation. 
It's pertinent to mention that deepening fissures in Uttar Pradesh's first family may pose as a challenge for the party that's gearing up for the state elections slated for next year. Samajwadi Party is one of the two prominent regional parties in the state, having a population of about 200 million, apart from Bahujan Samaj Party headed by forrmer UP chief minister Mayawati. 

Shivpal was appointed as party's state president earlier this week, a post that Akhilesh had held for about four years. Later, he was removed from three key portfolios in the cabinet of the Akhilesh-led state government. 

India's ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and grand old party Congress have already sounded the election bugle in the  state that is represented by about 90 parliamentarians in the lower house of Indian parliament. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)