Samajwadi Party row: Mulayam Singh Yadav puts on brave face, says SP is 'united'

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday asserted during a press meet that there were no differences within the family or in Uttar Pradesh's ruling party and all were "united", signalling an end to the ongoing family feud.

"Our family is united, the party is united... We stand united with full strength," Mulayam said in his first media conference after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle Shivpal Yadav from the Cabinet.

Asked if Shivpal and other ministers sacked by Akhilesh would be reinstated, Mulayam said he would leave the decision to the chief minister.

When asked about Amar Singh's involvement, an irate Mulayam asked, "Why do you bring Amar Singh into everything?"

He also refused to comment on Samajwadi Party's chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. "Let us win a majority and then everyone will know," he said.

Mulayam's hostile relation towards Ram Gopal Yadav is well-known and when questioned about his "khota sikka" comment, the party supremo said that he doesn't pay attention to Ram Gopal's words. He had allegedly said "khote sikke ne asli sikke ko market se bahar kr diya (Bad coin drove out the good coin from the market)" while taking a jibe on Amar Singh and supporting Akhilesh.

Mulayam refused to answer any "controversial" questions at the media briefing. On being asked if he thinks Shivpal's suggestion of Mulayam becoming the chief minister again seems viable, he said that there are just two months left for the elections.

The Samajwadi Party chief is said to have brokered peace between Akhilesh and Shivpal. However, his press conference, which was expected to clear the mystery surrounding the party, was largely inconclusive.

Shivpal was present in the meet, while Akhilesh skipped it. There is still no clarity about the dispute within the party.

The spat between the uncle and nephew took an ugly turn on Monday when Shivpal Yadav accused the chief minister of being a liar.

With inputs from IANS.

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Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 15:53:59 IST