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Samajwadi Party LIVE: Shivpal Yadav to get back portfolios, Gayatri Prajapati to be inducted again
  • 20:22 (IST)

    We want a majority government in Uttar Pradesh: Shivpal

    While talking to CNN-News18, Shivpal said that he wants Samajwadi Party to win with a majority in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and Akhilesh to become the chief minister again.

  • 20:19 (IST)

    I will fulfil my responsibility: Shivpal Yadav

    "If I get departments I will work on that and if I become the party chief, I will fulfill that responsibility," says Shivpal.

  • 20:12 (IST)

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  • 20:07 (IST)

    Shivpal responded by saying that Mulayam's decision will be accepted

  • 20:06 (IST)

    Shivpal Singh Yadav to get back portfolios

    Akhilesh said that portfolios will be given back to Shivpal Yadav, CNN-News18 reported. Minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, whose sacking is said to have instigated the crisis, will also be inducted back into the cabinet.

  • 17:45 (IST)

    Amar Singh isn't the problem, Akhilesh needs to understand that: Shivpal

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Learn something from me: Shivpal Singh Yadav tells Akhilesh

    Speaking after the meeting with Mulayam, Shivpal on Friday told mediapersons that Akhilesh should learn something from him just like he learned from Mulayam Singh Yadav in his early days in politics. 

    Just when party insiders were hopeful that the rift between the two warring factions were reconciling, Shivpal openly sided with Amar Singh and said that the RS member has no hand in the ongoing feud.

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Azam Khan reacts to SP rift

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    Shivpal says Mulayam will announce his decision tomorrow

    "I have told Neta ji what I had to tell him. Now, he will take a decision based on that tomorrow."

  • 15:49 (IST)

    We will get every important person in the party on the same page and go ahead, says Shivpal

    Reiterating his earlier stand of abiding by Mulayam's order, Shivpal, however, said all like-minded people will come together in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Supporters raise slogans as Shivpal leaves after meeting Mulayam

  • 14:37 (IST)

  • 14:35 (IST)

    Meeting between Akhilesh, Mulayam and Shivpal begins

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Akhilesh lays down new rules

    According to News18, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said that he wanted his post as state party president back. Akhilesh also reportedly told Mulayam Singh Yadav that he wants the responsibility of distributing party tickets in the upcoming UP elections. 

    According to reports, Akhilesh has told his father that only when his demands are met, the CM will give Shivpal's portfolios back to him and reinstate him as a minister. 

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Akhilesh lays down new rules

    According to News18, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said that he wanted his post as state party president back. Akhilesh also reportedly told Mulayam Singh Yadav that he wants the responsibility of distributing party tickets for the upcoming UP elections. 

    According to reports, Akhilesh has told his father that only when his demands are met, the CM will give Shivpal's portfolios back to him and reinstate him as a minister. 

  • 14:17 (IST)

    As of now Prajapati is the biggest gainer

    The irony of this power struggle is that while Mulayam Singh Yadav did not pronounce any verdict on his brother Shivpal's future or stating clearly that Akhilesh is the man and the mind behind the way the party functions, former minister Gayatri Prajapati was reinstated as the mines minister in the UP government. 

    So as of now, even though they will like us believe that the party honchos have reached a truce, they have not. 

  • 14:01 (IST)

    Shivpal supporters protest in Etawah

    Support for Shivpal, who resigned as the party's state unit head and cabinet minister amid a family feud, today spilled onto the streets here as his supporters sat on dharna.

    Raising slogans like "Shivpal Singh ko sasamman vapas lo" and "Mulayam Singh ko CM banao", the veteran leader's supporters set up a tent at the Shastri crossing and have been agitating since last night.

    Shivpal had submitted his resignation from the two posts to party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, while his wife Sarla resigned from the post of District Cooperative Bank Chairperson, Etawah, and son Aditya quit as Chairman of Pradeshik Cooperative Federation.

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Political observers feel that the power tussle within the Samajwadi Party may have been subdued for a while by party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, however, the fact that SP supremo held very brief meetings, with duration ranging from 10-15 minutes, shows that the animosity among the leaders is not yet over. 

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Prajapati being reinstated might dent Akhilesh's authority

    As party workers raised slogans in favour of Shivpal, the supremo shouted them down and said they should remain quiet as he was speaking. He also dropped a bombshell later when he reversed the decision of his Chief Minister son and announced that former Mines Minister Gayatri Prajapati will be reinstated in the government. Prajapati was sacked on Monday based on serious charges of patronising illegal mining and minting ill-gotten money.

    This move is likely to dent the authority of Akhilesh Yadav further.

    Mulayam's silence on return of Shivpal Yadav to the state cabinet is however being interpreted in political circles with many views. 

    Sources told IANS that a solution has been thrashed out wherein all portfolios held by Shivpal prior to Tuesday would be given back to him and he will also remain the state party president.

  • 13:51 (IST)

    No clear solution from Mulayam

    Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday tried to make light of the ongoing battle of supremacy in the party between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav and said that till he was around there was no way the party would get divided.

    Addressing workers in Lucknow at the party headquarters after separate meetings with both the warring leaders, Mulayam also said that for him the SP was not just a political entity but a family.

    Pointing out that workers and supporters of the party were worried about the unfolding events within the party, Mulayam said that Akhilesh would go and meet his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav. The Yadav chieftain also ruled out any major differences between Shivpal, Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav.

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Reinstate mantriji with full dignity, demand Shivpal's supporters

    A large crowd of supporters thronged the residence of Shivpal Yadav and demanded that the "mantra ji" be reinstated with full dignity and that Akhilesh Yadav apologise to him.

    "Shivpal ji has brought up Akhilesh Yadav as his son, would pedal for miles to take him to school as netaji was busy with politics. Is this the way you treat a person like him," asked an angry supporter.

    Supporters, wearing t-shirts with images of Shivpal, also demanded action against party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, who had on Thursday termed Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh as the villain behind all the party's troubles.

    Supporters of Shivpal who were shouting anti-Akhilesh slogans and threatened to go on fast and even indulge in self-immolation, said that it was, in fact, Ram Gopal Yadav who was behind the conspiracy to upstage the former minister.

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Time for tough decisions?

    Party supremo, according to sources, said the SP supremo who has so far not been able to broker peace between the warring "chacha-bhatija", has made up his mind "for some tough decisions" which, an aide said "opened all possibilities". 

    Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday rejected the resignation of younger brother and former PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav as the state party chief and in the 15-minute one-on-one meeting at Mulayam Singh's 5, Vikramaditya Marg residence, the SP chief tore off Shivpal's resignation letter.

  • 13:22 (IST)

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    What about Shivpal?

    For now, Mulayam manages to soothe frayed nerves but we still are not sure about the future of Shivpal Yadav.

    Even though Mulayam has said that everything is fine within the family and the party, the party supremo did not say anything concrete about Shivpal's future in the party. We do not know whether Shivpal gets his portfolios back. 

    Former minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati's sacking was overturned.

  • 13:13 (IST)

    Fight is on for my chair: Akhilesh

    During a TV interview, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reiterated his party's stand and said that Mulayam's wish will be his command but not before he told the interviewer that the fight within Samajwadi Party is not because of him but because of his chair. 

    "Jhagra meri wajah se nahi hai. Meri kursi ki wajah se hai (I am not the reason behind the fight, my chair is)," Akhilesh said on Thursday.

  • 13:03 (IST)

    Story far from over

    The short address to his partymen, Mulayam Singh Yadav sent a loud message to Samajwadi Party and his political rivals - that the animosity is still not over within the Samajwadi Party. 

    Mulayam Singh Yadav still has not givem out a straight message to his partymen. The fact that no truce was announced between the warring factions of SP, suggests that this issue is not yet over. However, the party supremo for the time being has put a lid on the ongoing tussle but there were no straight replies to what is going to happen further. 

    However, with statements like, "humare kuch log jo media se baat kiyen hai... vo thik nahi hai (A few close aides who spoke to the media was not something they should have done)", Mulayam suggested that a close aid is trying to tarnish the "good Yadav name" and forment problems in the party. Whether he was talking about Amar Singh or Ramgopal Yadav, we don't know that yet for sure.

  • 12:51 (IST)

    "Akhilesh humaari baat taalega? Akhilesh humaari baat nahin taal sakte. (Akhilesh won't listen to me? He always listens to me): Mulayam Singh Yadav at party headquarters

  • 12:46 (IST)

    No rift in Samajwadi Party till I am here: Mulayam Singh Yadav 

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  • 11:58 (IST)

    Shivpal knows what this drama will do to the party

    According to political observers, Shivpal has chosen the right time to extract his pound of flesh. Just three months before the state is going to the extremely crucial polls, Shivpal chose to resign, a bold step to take, and is now forcing Mulayam to take a stand and choose a side. 

  • 11:54 (IST)

    With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election around the corner, Akhilesh does not want the party’s name to be mired with controversial people like Deepak Singhal, who is said to be close to former SP leader Amar Singh. Akhilesh is not very comfortable with Shivpal’s closeness to Amar Singh as well.

    Reporting for DailyO, Sharat Pradhan wrote that Singhal, on more occasion than one, bypassed the CM and went ahead with rather 'shady' deals. For example, he allotted 450 acres of land in Greater Noida "at a throwaway price to Baba Ramdev" for setting up a giant Patanjali unit. The move did not go down quite well with Akhilesh. In fact, Singhal’s family member was rewarded a multi-billion distributionship of Patanjali products after the deal.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Akhilesh's message to partymen and his detractors

    It becomes extremely tough for Akhilesh as well to run a government where his father and uncles hold the power reins in their hands. When Akhilesh assumed the CM’s office, the cabinet was staffed with Mulayam’s loyalists.

    But with Shivpal being stripped off crucial cabinet portfolios, writes Devparna Acharya, Akhilesh is sending a message to all his detractors and his family that he, as the chief minister, does not live in anyone’s shadow and will not compromise on crucial issues like law and order and corruption.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Mapping the cracks in SP 

    Samajwadi Party and the Yadav camp, however, is not new to these infightings. In fact, when Akhilesh Yadav met with the press to issue a statement on the ongoing power tussle, he refused to admit that there were any problems in the “family”.

    The problem, many political observers have noted, is the generation gap within the party. While Mulayam wants to teach Akhilesh the valuable lesson that an electoral win will happen only if the party survives, Akhilesh wants to drive the point home that development and honest policing is what the UP government is all about. 

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Shivpal's wife Sarla also gave resignation from the post of District Cooperative Bank Chairperson, Etawah, and their son Aditya quit as Chairman of Pradeshik Cooperative Federation, according to sources.

    However, Mulayam reportedly refused to accept the resignations, they said.

    Gayatri Prajapati, who was sacked as mining minister by Akhilesh just days earlier, went to Shivpal's residence.

    Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey also met the leader in an apparent bid to resolve the situation. 

  • 11:43 (IST)

    Mulayam has lost control of his party: BJP

    BJP's UP leader Sanjeev Baliyan, said that the Yadavs are looting the state and patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is losing control of the party and its members. 

  • 11:40 (IST)

    I want equality with Akhilesh, demands Shivpal

    "We all have to strengthen Samajwadi Party. We are with Netaji (Mulayam). His message is an order for us. We will not let the party be weakened. In every situation, we are with Netaji," Shivpal said addressing slogan-shouting supporters outside his 7 Kalidas Marg residence here.

    "You have to go to the party office. We have to calmly convey our views to Netaji," he told the agitated party men who had gathered in his support since last night after he submitted his resignation to Mulayam as ruling Samajwadi Party's Uttar Pradesh unit head and as a minister in the cabinet of nephew Akhilesh Yadav.

    Mulayam, who rushed here from Delhi last evening after the public feud between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh and Shivpal deepened, met both the leaders separately but they were unable to reach a truce and Shivpal quit from all party and government posts.

  • 11:38 (IST)

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    Akhilesh rushes to meet Mulayam

    When the elections are close, Akhilesh's recent thrust on development agenda and his emergence as a 'performing chief minister' who is not under elders' pressure has definitely spruced up his image, but put the family and the party into a deep crisis, say political analysts.

  • 11:34 (IST)

    Ram Gopal hopes Mulayam takes action against Amar Singh

    Ram Gopal went on to narrate how, despite the resistance and distaste of all concerned, Mulayam used his unquestioned authority to re-induct Amar Singh in the party and make him a Rajya Sabha MP, on a party ticket.

    On being asked a question about Amar Singh professing his commitment to Mulayamvad and not Samajwad, Ram Gopal responded by saying that it was a manifestation of his thought that, "Party bhad me jaye (let the party go to hell)... Kaise waqt me raita faila diya...agar koi dhikare aur apmanit karke hata de (Akhilesh's removal as state party chief) toh uska tatkalik reaction ho jata hai, baad me pachtana pade."

    Ram Gopal hoped that it was time Mulayam took action against him.

  • 11:32 (IST)

    Amar Singh is the villain, says Ram Gopal Yadav

    Ram Gopal Yadav, Rajya Sabha MP, Mulayam's brother and Secretary Parliamentary board of Samajwadi Party, in a candid interview to ETV, painted Amar Singh as the villain who, according to him, is using his proximity to Mulayam and the latter's "simplicity" to take undue advantage of the situation, which is detrimental to the party's interests. It's a different matter though that it does not paint Mulayam Singh Yadav in good light either.

    "Netaji comes off as a leader who cannot differentiate between good and bad; someone who keeps flip-flopping on his stand; and as someone who can easily be tricked into doing things in haste by someone he trusts, only to repent later."

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Five possible ways this power tussle can end

    Continuing the debate over the possibilities ahead for the Samajwadi Party, here is possibility number 2. Shivpal gets his portfolios back but Akhilesh might not come back as the president of the state unit. In this case, Akhilesh will limp along as chief minister as always with a bruised and battered ego. 

    Possibility number 3: Akhilesh will just hang on to his rebellious mindset and refuse to return the portfolios to Shivpal. 

    Possibility number 4: Ambikanand Sahay says, for all we know Mulayam might come back as the Chief Minister of the state. "He may not like it but so what. Such situations don’t give you any exit route."

    Possibility number 5: Coming to terms with seriousness of the predicament, the patriarch would prefer to buy time for the tempers to cool down on both sides.

    Read the full article here.

  • 11:19 (IST)

    UP CM in a letter to Shivpal Yadav rejects his resignation

  • 11:16 (IST)

    What will Mulayama do?

    Shivpal wants the mind, man and the machine behind SP. He wants Akhilesh to be the face of the party but Shivpal wants to be the karta-dharta (all in all) for the SP. Now, it depends on Mulayam to broker a peace. 

    Mulayam has been constantly critical of Akhilesh and rebuked him openly. Experts feel Mulayam needs to treat his son, not as his son but the elected representative of the party. Akhilesh is also trying to force Mulayam's hand because he does not want his uncle's interference in the way the party functions, especially when the Uttar Pradesh government has come under immense criticism for the crumbling law and order situation.

  • 11:11 (IST)

    Everyone expects a reconciliation

    Samajwadi Party is Hindu family party where two warring factions - a new generation trying to usher in new rules and regulations and the other is tried and tested political war horses and the old guard. 

    Mulayam has to bridge this gap and political observers say the reconciliation will eventually happen. But at what cost? This family drama has served a massive blow to the ruling party. 

    According to News18, Shivpal, while tendering his resignation to Mulayam, said that he has no interest in portfolios. However, Mulayam rejected his resignation. 

  • 11:04 (IST)

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Protests outside Shivpal's residence

    Supporters of ousted minister Shivpal Singh Yadav demonstrated outside the Samajwadi Party office since Friday morning. According to CNN-News18, Shivpal demanded that Ramgopal Yadav should be axed. 

    Shivpal, allegedly told his supporters, to force Mulayam Singh Yadav's hand. According to latest reports, Shivpal and son Aditya left for the SP supremo's house to discuss the ongoing tussle. 

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Amar Singh behind all this drama?

    Reports have said that the "bahri log", which has repeatedly come up in both Akhilesh and Shivpal's comments, is none other than RS member Amar Singh.

    According to Sanjay Singh of Firstpost, the man who guided the mighty Mulayam Singh Yadav or Netaji to take this decision, which unleashed a civil war in the ruling Yadav clan, was none other than the "outsider" Amar Singh. In effect Mulayam only did what Amar Singh wanted him to – unceremoniously remove son Akhilesh from the most important organisational post in the party.

  • 10:51 (IST)

The bickering in the Yadav clan came out in open late on Thursday after Shivpal Singh Yadav resigned from the Akhilesh Yadav cabinet and also resigned as state party chief. Soon after he sent his resignation to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his son and chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Pradeshik Cooperative Federation, Aditya Yadav, also quit the post.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Chief Minister has returned the resignation of his uncle. Close aides of the former PWD minister informed that Shivpal has returned all government perks and facilities, like official staff and vehicles, and will be vacating his official residence, 7, Kalidas Marg on Friday. Shivpal's official residence is adjacent to the official 5, Kalidas Marg, residence of Akhilesh. The development further shook the ruling party in the state with its stalwart leader Shivpal throwing in the towel and getting ready for a showdown.

Shivpal Yadav took the decision to quit the cabinet and party post after a meeting with his elder brother and party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Akhilesh Yadav had on Tuesday stripped his uncle Shivpal from the plum posts of PWD, cooperative and Irrigation minister. Earlier, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who reached the state capital in the evening, made it clear that under no circumstances would Shivpal be removed as the state unit president.

Shivpal Singh Yadav on Friday told his supporters here that he will support Mulayam Singh Yadav in any condition, and they should not indulge in any activity that damages the party image. Addressing a gathering of supporters camping outside his official residence, Yadav reiterated that he was with the party chief and elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Shivpal Singh Yadav addressing a press conference at his residence in Lucknow on Thursday. PTI

Shivpal Singh Yadav addressing a press conference at his residence in Lucknow on Thursday. PTI

"Hum sab neta ji ke saath hain (We all are with neta ji)," he said while making it clear that for him only Mulayam Singh Yadav is the boss. He did not mention Akhilesh. Shivpal further said that for him an indication of Mulayam Singh Yadav was an order and he would go by the party chief's decision in any situation. "Hum har paristhithi main neta ji ke saath hain aur rahenge, unka ishaara hamare liye aadesh hai (I will be by Netaji's side come what may. His wish is my command)."

He was flanked by sacked Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati and son Aditya Yadav, who has also resigned as Pradesh Cooperative Federation chairman in support of his father. Speaking informally to reporters in Delhi, Mulayam had called Shivpal, who is his younger brother, a grassroots leader who had a happy-go-lucky disposition. "I am sure things will be sorted out when Akhilesh and I speak across the table," he added.

Mulayam, who was received by Parliamentary Board member Kironmoy Nanda at the airport, left the airport without speaking to the waiting media.

However, sources say the SP supremo was unmoved at the plea of party national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav that he go soft on his Chief Minister son. A close aide said "Neta ji" was convinced that Akhilesh Yadav had challenged his authority when as a tit-for-tat, the Chief Minister divested Shivpal of all important portfolios.

A meeting is likely to happen between Mulayam and Akhilesh and some major decision is likely to emerge to douse the flames threatening to decimate the party in the run up to the state assembly polls just a few months away. Earlier, Ram Gopal Yadav, who came to Lucknow as an emissary of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, was closeted for over an hour with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at his residence.

Emerging out of the meeting, Ram Gopal Yadav expressed hope the crisis would be resolved at the earliest. In a moment of candour he also admitted that probably a mistake had been committed in removing Akhilesh as the party's state unit president.

Ram Gopal Yadav said it would have been better had Mulayam Singh asked Akhilesh to step down rather than summarily removing him from the post he has held for the past five years. Later at a press interaction at the VVIP guest house where he is staying, the Rajya Sabha member indirectly hit out at his colleague Amar Singh as the "outsider" who was behind the crisis.

Ram Gopal Yadav said everyone in the party and the cadre felt that Amar Singh had triggered the whole crisis for his own narrow and petty political gains. Singh, he added, had nothing to do with the party and its ideology and that he was only concerned about himself.

He said that party workers wanted Singh to be thrown out of the party yet again. With regards to Shivpal Singh Yadav, he said, there was no question of now removing him as the state party president since the decision was taken by "Neta ji" and that it was irrevocable.

Asked if the power struggle in the family could be contained by reinstating all portfolios held by Shivpal to him again, Ram Gopal answered in the negative and said that a minister was a minister and that departments were of no consequence.

Shivpal Yadav, who reached the state capital in the afternoon along with his son Aditya Yadav, was received by hundreds of supporters at the airport.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference, Shivpal said he was ready for "any and all sacrifices for the party" but added that for him Mulayam's word was final and that he was the party boss and the family patriarch.

He also called for unity in the family as elections were round the corner and everyone should work hard to ensure return of SP to power. He however cautioned that "Mulayam's decision dare not be challenged in the party".

In a related development, former chief secretary Deepak Singhal, whose sudden removal is said to have triggered the whole controversy, was on Thursday posted as Chairman of State Vigilance Commission.

Sources say, Singhal who had been put on waiting list after his removal, was hurriedly posted to this new post so that the issue is closed for the time being. Mulayam Singh Yadav, hours after his removal, had asked Akhilesh to reinstate him, which he refused.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Sep 16, 2016 20:22 PM

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