Mulayam Singh declared,“I can’t leave Amar or Shivpal. Amar Singh is my brother. All his sins are forgiven”.

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news Politics Monday, October 24, 2016 - 19:02

Nothing is well with the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh as the intra-party feud worsens just ahead of crucial assembly polls.

During a party meet on Monday, which was staged to be a truce of sorts amidst the biggest ever crisis within the first family of SP, the matter deteriorated further with Shivpal claiming his nephew and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav was a “liar”. Shivpal Yadav made these dramatic statement after he snatched the mike from the CM in full public view.

TV channels have been beaming visuals from the meeting non-stop. But are you still confused what the fight is all about? Here is a quick lowdown:

There are five primary characters in this saga.

1.       Mulayam Singh Yadav (who no one seems to listen to).

2.       Akhilesh Yadav (who hates Amar Singh and anyone close to him).

3.       Shivpal Yadav (Mulayam’s brother and Amar Singh’s buddy. Get the drift?)

4.       Ram Gopal (Mulayam’s cousin, close to Akhilesh)

5.       Amar Singh (Mulayam’a prodigal ‘brother’)

Dynamics: Shivpal and Amar Singh want Akhilesh out as Chief Minister and Mulayam in. In turn, Akhilesh wants both of them out. Mulayam seems to dilly dally a lot, but is firm he will not ditch Shivpal or Amar.

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It all started in August when CM Akhilesh Yadav rejected uncle Shivpal Yadav’s proposal to allow a merger of the Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) with the SP. Shivpal threatened to resign from the party after the embarrassment, but party chief Mulayam Singh stopped him from doing so.

On September 13, Mulayam struck. Shivpal replaced Akhilesh as the party’s state president leaving the young CM embarrassed.

But Akhilesh was not one to keep quiet. On the same day, Akhilesh dropped eight portfolios from Shivpal’s total of ten ministries. He also removed the UP chief secretary who was known to be close to Shivpal.

Two days later, on September 15, Shivpal resigned as cabinet minister. But then Akhilesh had a meltdown and rejected it.

On September 19, a number of youth leaders close to Akhilesh left the party, after seven others were sacked for anti party activities.

After initial reluctance, on October 17, party chief Mulayam Singh endorsed son Akhilesh as presumptive chief ministerial candidate.

On October 21, Akhilesh snubbed party meet called by Shivpal Yadav where he announced Akhilesh as the SP’s CM candidate.


On October 23, Akhilesh Yadav sacked Shivpal Yadav and a few ministers close to Amar Singh. Akhilesh has been dead against Amar Singh who had been re-inducted into SP last year. After the meeting, Akhilesh supporters raised slogans like “Amar Singh chor hai, dalaal hai” and “Party ke dalaalon ko joota maro”. Ouch.

On October 24, Shivpal Singh returned the favour. He sacked Ram Gopal, Mulayam’s cousin and pro-Akhilesh senior voice within the party. Ram Gopal was sacked for allegedly colluding with the BJP and creating divisions within the party.

Things came to a head in the peace meeting called on October 24. Akhilesh Yadav blamed ‘certain people’ for creating rift. Shivpal grabbed the mike and called him a liar.

Mulayam Singh declared his trust for Amar Singh and said “I can’t leave Amar or Shivpal. Amar Singh is my brother. All his sins are forgiven”.


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