After the resignation of 2 SP MLCs from Samajwadi party earlier on Saturday, Shivpal Yadav warned Akhilesh Yadav of more differences in the party. He asked him to transfer the party’s reins to father Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The resignations of MLCs Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh are seen as a move to pave the way for chief minister, Yogi Adityanath to enter the state legislature, a condition necessary for holding his post in the government. BJP’s Adityanath will not have to get elected to the state assembly, and instead, can now win a seat to the legislative council.
“He (Akhilesh) still has the opportunity. He should hand over party’s leadership to Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and move on. Or else, dissension will rise in the party,” warned Shivpal.
SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who lost the post of party president to son Akhilesh in an internal feud before the state polls this year, is said to be aligning with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the BJP. Mulayam’s brother Shivpal stayed by his side, while Cousin Ramgopal Yadav and a host of leaders went with Akhilesh.
Shivpal also told newspersons in Lucknow that he had talked to independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh, aka Raja Bhaiya, an SP ally, about dissatisfied legislators in the party.
He further said that he had a talk with another SP MLC Madhukar Jaitley, who was also likely to quit along with Nawab and Yashwant Singh. Jaitley has not confirmed his plans yet.