Akhilesh Yadav says media hype over family dispute led to UP Assembly poll defeat

Lucknow: A day after losing his cool at a press meet, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday gave vent to his ire, daring the media to run crime related news from the state with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's photograph as he claimed was done during his tenure.

Akhilesh Yadav. Firstpost

Akhilesh Yadav. Firstpost

He also alleged that the media hype over the dispute in his family led to the party's defeat in the Assembly polls.

"In my regime, if any incident happened, it was shown with my photograph. Do you (mediapersons) now have courage to show CM's (Yogi Adityanath) photo with the news. There was riot in Saharanpur, murders in Allahabad, a lawyer was killed in Pratapgarh. Was this news shown with the CM's photograph," he posed at a news conference here.

Akhilesh had on Tuesday lost his cool with mediapersons for asking questions on his uncle Shivpal Yadav's reported statement on giving party chief post to his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

However, replying to the same question on Monday, he said, "You (media) read the Constitution of our party and Election Commission (order), then you ask the question."

Giving clarification on the incident, Akhilesh said, "The question they (journalist) had asked was not good. He did not have any knowledge. I was told by a TV channel reporter that our family dispute found a lot of space in media due to which the party lost".

"Have you all got only questions relating to my household (matters)? I don't like the same question to be asked everytime. In whose family there is no dispute?" he asked while accepting that it was one of the reasons for party's defeat in the Assembly polls.

On Tuesday, when a television reporter wearing a saffron shirt asked about Shivpal's statement, an infuriated Akhilesh had said, "He (the reporter) is new here. His colour is also saffron.... I want to tell him and other journalists to fix any day in May, and I will answer all questions.

"But after that you should not ask any question about my family.... Let us do politics. If the country is ruined, you (the reporter) will also not be there. The country is being ruined because of people like you," he had said.

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Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017 20:28:02 IST

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