Lucknow, Jan 3: Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh election starting from February 11, a section within Samajwadi Party is still striving to prevent a split. Azam Khan came on the forefront to bring peace between both the warring camps of Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav. Although Shivpal reached out to Akhilesh, signalling truce, the rebellious Yadav scion showed no signs of relent. As of now, it appears that the family feud would move towards a bitter end by January 9, when Election Commission would take the decision regarding party’s electoral symbol. Also Read - "It’s BJP’s Vaccine, Can’t Trust…Won’t Take The Shot," Says SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav
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A series of meetings between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, one of the main persons behind the entire controversy, took place in the morning at the chief minister’s residence at 5, Kalidas Marg . After the Akhilesh-Shivpal meeting, Shivpal Yadav then met with Mulayam Singh Yadav and later a press conference was called by Mulayam Singh. The media predicted that compromise between both the camps have worked out but the meeting was then just cancelled five minutes after being called. Also Read - Bharat Bandh: No Political Leader To Be Allowed On Stage, Chakka Jam Till 3 PM, Says Farmer Leader
Amar Singh, the other important factor of the family feud in an interview went emotional after being questioned about Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reportedly asking his father to dump Amar Singh from the party. “Akhilesh was four years old. His education…his private life, we have contributed to it, I am saddened at what he has said about me,”said an emotional Amar Singh.
Reports also suggest that Akhilesh Yadav yesterday planned to receive his father from the airport but he later changed his plans after he was informed that Amar Singh was also in the flight with his father. Amar Singh in today’s interview blamed Samajwadi Party leader and Akhilesh’s ‘mentor’ Ram Gopal Yadav responsible for the massive family feud. Amar Singh stated that “I have not come to Lucknow to create an obstruction – I want Mulayam Singh to be respected and Akhilesh to be successful.”
Meanwhile peace maker and senior SP leader Azam Khan continued trying to make a compromise between both the camps. However, all his efforts went into vain after Akhilesh Yadav’s familial ally Ram Gopal Yadav stated that 212 of the Samajwadi party’s 229 MLA’s have signed an affidavit in favour of Akhilesh Yadav and the document will be presented to the Election Commission according to its requirements today. Further, Ram Gopal Yadav also claimed that 56 of the party’s 68 MLCs, and 15 of its 24 MPs have signed the affidavit.
All the attempts between to bring a compromise between both the camps enters null and now both the camps are fighting to retain the ‘Samajwadi Party’ name and the ‘cycle’ election symbol.