Yadav family feud: Shivpal resigns as UP minister, state party chief

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Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, who was recently divested of four important ministries by his nephew and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in a fit of pique, resigned from all posts in the party and government on late September 15 night.

He has also quit from the post of president of the party, to which he was appointed by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, it is not confirmed yet if his resignation has been accepted. Shivpal had sent his resignation letters to Mulayam and Akhilesh after meeting them at their homes. Akhilesh reportedly returned the resignation letters, suggest media reports. Anticipating Shivpal’s next move, Mulayam rushed to Lucknow from New Delhi on September 15 afternoon.

Two days ago Akhilesh, who is fondly called Tipu, gave the social welfare portfolio to Shivpal, after he (Akhilesh) was removed as state SP president in a feud which has erupted in the Yadav family recently.

Shivpal’s decision to quit came on a day when the SP tried to downplay the feud within it. Mulayam even held a closed-door meeting with Shivpal before calling upon his son. The meeting was to end the crisis, but with Shivpal’s resignation, the SP is in a tumble as he is the most important organisational man in the party.

While this was so, Shivpal told mediapersons that the decision about his continuation in the government would be taken only by Mulayam.

At present, it appears somewhat that Mulayam has tilted towards his son Akhilesh and has marginalised his ‘favourite yet ambitious’ brother Shivpal.

Earlier in the day, party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav disagreed with the decision to remove Akhilesh as the state party chief. He called it a mistake even though “unintentional”. He blamed the current fiasco on “misunderstandings” and assured the crisis would come to an end in a day or two.

Ram Gopal said “some people” with “no concern” for the party were “taking advantage” of Mulayam’s “simplicity”. One such person got appointed as in-charge (Shivpal) of the party though there was no such provision.