UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav with father Mulayam Singh Yadav. Photograph: (AFP)
Mulayam said chief minister and son, Akhilesh, will decide if brother Shivpal will be reinstated in the northern state's cabinet
Months ahead of the state elections in northern India's Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today asserted that the "party and the family are united". The remark came amid a deepening rift in the ruling party.
As he addressed a press conference two days after his brother, Shivpal Yadav was sacked from the cabinet for the second time by son and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, the party supremo addressed a press conference flanked by party unit chief, Shivpal, and three other sacked ministers, Indian news agency PTI reported.
"My family and party are united. All workers are united. There are some conspirators, who do not have any mass base," he was quoted as saying.
"There is not 'matbhed' (difference) or 'manbhed' (ill feelings) among our leaders," Mulayam added.
The seasoned political leader also stressed that the party had come to power in 2012 because of him only and still Akhilesh was made the chief minister. He however, ruled out becoming the chief minister if the party is elected again.
He also dodged the question about the chief ministerial candidate for 2017. "Ours is a democratic party. First let us get majority and then elected representatives will select their CM. Presently, Akhilesh is CM, does anyone have any problem?"
When asked if Shivpal will be reinstated to the party, Mulayam said he leaves the decision on Akhilesh.
"I leave this to CM.... You ask him why he made them ministers and why he sacked them."
(WION with inputs from PTI)