New Delhi, April 6: Aparna Yadav, the youngest daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav, has appealed Akhilesh Yadav to hand over the reins of Samajwadi Party back to his father. Aparna urged Akhilesh, the current chief of SP, to recall his promise before the polls where he stated that Mulayam would be reinstated as the national president of the party following the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Samajwadi Party Will Support Mamata Banerjee's TMC In Upcoming West Bengal Polls, Confirms Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav is a “man of his words” who would not hesitate to handover SP back to his founding member, Aparna said. “Bhaiya promised that after the assembly elections he will hand back the post of SP national president to Netaji. I expect him to live up to his words,” Aparna was quoted as saying by India TV. Also Read - "It’s BJP’s Vaccine, Can’t Trust…Won’t Take The Shot," Says SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav
Aparna expressed disappointment over the feud within Yadav family, adding that it has weakened their political party. “I don’t know what is in store for the future. But right now, I want the Yadav family to reunite,” she added. Also Read - Bharat Bandh: No Political Leader To Be Allowed On Stage, Chakka Jam Till 3 PM, Says Farmer Leader
Aparna is the wife of Prateek Yadav, Mulayam’s youngest son. In the recently held assembly polls, she unsuccessfully contested from Lucknow Cantt constituency against BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi. She was one of the two candidates for whom Mulayam campaigned in elections, the other being his brother Shivpal Yadav.
Throughout the feud within Yadav family, Aparna appeared on the side of Mulayam. The ‘Chhoti Bahu’ has constantly supported the SP patriarch in his intra-party feud against the rebellious son.
The conflict within Yadav family appears far from being resolved as leaders from both the camps continue to trade barbs against each other. Bursting out against his son in the past week, Mulayam minced no words while crediting Akhilesh for the rout of Samajwadi Party in the election for legislative assembly. SP, which held the power, was reduced from 226 to 48 seats.
“(Prime Minister) Modi was right when he said – jo apne baap ke nahi hua woh janta ka kya hoga (the one who is not loyal to his father would never be loyal to the masses). No one has ever humiliated me as my son did,” Mulayam said, training his guns at Akhilesh.