UP CM will be decided by MLAs after polls: Mulayam Singh Yadav
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav clearly said on Friday that Akhilesh Yadav may not be the Chief Ministerial candidate.
“The elected legislators and the Samajwadi Party’s Parliamentary Board will pick the next Chief Minister, This is our job. This is not your [media] work,” Mulayam Singh told the media here, virtually admitting to continuing differences within the extended Yadav family.
At the press conference on one side of Mulayam Singh sat his younger brother Shivpal Yadav, who has engaged in a bitter power tussle with nephew Akhilesh in recent weeks. On the other was Gayatri Prajapati, a minister who Akhilesh Yadav was forced by his father to reinstate days after he sacked him over allegations of corruption.
The remarks come as another setback to Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, who was recently removed from party’s State president post owing to an apparent feud in their family.
“There is no dispute in the family. Shivpal had met him [Akhilesh] this morning. In the last elections, votes were sought in my name but I made him [Akhilesh] the CM,” he said.
“Kise kahan baithana hai, hum khud tai karenge [I will decide where to place whom],” he said.
Earlier the family feud came into light when the merger of Quami Ekta Dal was cancelled at the behest of Mr. Akhilesh Yadav.
Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls early next year. Mulayam Singh Yadav made it clear on Friday that whatever the party was today, it was because of him (Mulayam).
Akhilesh Yadav had earlier told a journalist that all was not well in the Yadav family and that he would go it alone in the election campaign soon.