Lucknow: In what widens the feud in the Samajwadi Party and the first political family of Uttar Pradesh, former party leader Shivpal Yadav, who recently launched the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, said on Monday that no reconciliation with the party chief Akhilesh Yadav is possible now.
“I waited for long and made personal efforts to ensure that we all remain united in the Samajwadi Party. But me, netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and several other senior leaders were sidelined in our own party. Now I have taken a step forward and there is no question of going back or any compromise or rapprochement with Akhilesh after forming the Samajwadi Secular Morcha” Shivpal was quoted by DNA as saying.
Marginalised in the Samajwadi Party, Shivpal had last week floated the Samajwadi Secular Front and urged people who he said might be feeling humiliated in the SP to join him.
Once a powerful leader in the Samajwadi Party, the younger brother of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, however, clarified that he had no plans as of now to leave his political alma meter.
Shivpal claimed that ‘netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) had backed his decision to form the new front. However, the Mulayam said later that the party (SP) was united.
“We are all united and would remain in Samajwadi Party,” Mulayam had said while reacting to Shivpal’s decision to float Morcha.
Mulayam’s statement rose speculation among the political quarters that he might try another mediation effort between his son and brother. However, Shivpal’s today’s remarks end all hopes of peace efforts between the two leaders.
“No one can question my hard work and loyalty. I have struggled for 30 years with netaji to take the party to this height. But we both were sidelined along with lots of other leaders and several lakh workers,” he stated.
“The Samajwadi Party has deviated from its principles. It was known to fight for the poor people. The party leadership is not taking to streets on public issues. It is no more a party who used to fight for poor, farmers, Dalits and backwards. It was due to these reasons I had to form the Morcha to take up their issues,” the former UP cabinet minister said.
Mulayam Singh had last Monday publicly aired his disenchantment with his son and declared that there was no respect for him in the party he formed 25 years back.
On Wednesday, Shivpal Yadav said he was pained at the humiliation heaped on his brother.
The Yadav leader, who enjoys considerable clout in Mainpuri, Etawah, Etah, Auraiyya, Kannauj and nearby regions, said the secular front would offer a “political alternative” in the state.