Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on October 14 said that the next CM of Uttar Pradesh will be decided by party legislators after the UP elections, in what is seen as a snub to his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Stating that all was well within the family, he, however, stopped short of declaring Akhilesh as the next CM face in forthcoming assembly polls. The legislature party will get together and elect its leader, he added.
Stating that people have faith in “our” party, he said that his family formed four governments in the state.
On November 5, the party would complete 25 years and in this regard, a grand event will be held in Lucknow, declared Mulayam.
Akhilesh was conspicuous by his absence at the press meet. While this was so, party spokespersons said Akhilesh would be the chief minister once again if the party returns to power in the Assembly elections.
On Mulayam’s one side sat his younger brother Shivpal Yadav. The CM and Shivpal were engaged in a bitter fight recently. On the other was Gayatri Prajapati, a minister who Akhilesh was forced to reinstate days after he sacked him.
If there were any more doubts of his son’s isolation, the SP chief dispelled them by turning to consult Shivpal before answering any query about the CM.
At one point Mulayam, 76, asked, “What is this family that you keep talking about?” And then, clasping his brother’s hand he said, “This is family.” This confirmed that Shivpal has an upper hand as the party heads into the UP polls.