The feud between Yadav family is out in open, late Tuesday evening Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav stripped his uncle and powerful cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav of all important portfolios. Handing him the social welfare department, he also put Shivpal in direct confrontation with his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, months before the assemble elections in the state.
The consequences of his action came soon after he was removed by Mulayam Singh from the post of party’s UP chief who had interestingly installed Shivpal Singh in the post.
The entire matter started when chief minister began a long day of feuding by sacking the state’s chief secretary Deepak Singhal, who had superseded several senior officials to be appointed just two months ago as UP’s top bureaucrat. Considered as Shivpal’s close aide, Singhal was ousted from his post after Shivpal Was stripped of PWD, Irrigation ministries and also flood control.
The faultlines within the family became visible ever since the merger initiated by Shivpal Yadav between Mukhtar Ansari’s and Samajwadi Party was rejected by Akhilesh Yadav. The battle between Akhilesh and his uncle upset Mulayam Singh Yadav, who credits Shivpal Yadav as the party’s key strategist for alliances, mergers and acquisitions for elections.
The 44-year-old chief minister has been receiving a lot of flak for the poor state of law and order in the state and now is trying his level best for an image makeover, but his plans have been foiled by his father who by appointing Shivpal as the party’s state president today signalled that Shivpal would construct the Samajwadi Party’s plan for its bid to be voted back to power in the crucial elections to be held early next year.
Sacked chief secretary Deepak Singhal had reportedly rushed to Delhi on Tuesday to meet Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is said to have told him that he cannot interfere in matters that are the prerogative of the Chief Minister.