Mulayam Singh Yadav and Son Akhilesh Yadav has called for separate meetings of Samajwadi Party legislatures. Buy, the party veteran had to cancel the dinner meet on Wednesday as all of the 47 newly-elected Uttar Pradesh lawmakers signalled that they will not be attending the meet.
Mulayam had called off the meet soon after Akhilesh Yadav was elected by party lawmakers on Tuesday to head them in both the state’s legislative assembly and legislative council.
At that meeting called by Akhilesh, senior Samajwadi Party leader Lalai Singh reportedly proposed that the party’s lawmakers from both houses must only attend meetings called by Akhilesh Yadav as the Legislature Party chief, NDTV reported.
Mulayam was the party’s chief until January when son Akhilesh took the control of the party in an unexpected move.
Mulayam’s aide Shivpal Yadav, who won from the Jaswantnagar constituency and senior leader and former minister Azam Khan, who has made multiple efforts to broker peace between father and son, were absent.
It is also reported that while Shivpal Yadav was not invited, Azam Khan is upset at not being picked to be Leader of Opposition in the state assembly. While Akhilesh Yadav wanted his loyalist Ram Govind Chaudhary as the leader of the opposition, Mulayam Singh Yadav wanted the post to be given to Shivpal Yadav.
The BJP has won 325 of the 403 seats in the UP assembly along with its allies. The Samajwadi Party is a poor number 2 with 47. Many in the Samajwadi Party believe that the bitter family feud just before the election led to the party’s poor performance.
Akhilesh had said that he continued to have the deepest regard for Mulayam Singh and would return the post of party chief to his father after the elections, but the latest incident suggests the other way.
According to NDTV, even those considered close to Mulayam Singh avoid speaking about his possible comeback as party chief. “I do not concern myself with these things. I do only what I am meant to. These things are not for me to comment on,” said Balwant Singh, a former minister.
Party legislator Bukkal Nawab, one of those invited by Mulayam Singh for dinner today, said, “That was not an official meeting, it was just communicated informally, but the plan did not materialise.”