” Mere rahte party mein toot nahin sakti (As long as I am alive, this party cannot disintegrate),” Samajwadi Party chairman Mulayam Singh Yadav declared amid a loud cheer from SP members and workers who had assembled at the party headquarters here. His arrival at the office soothed party workers restive since Tuesday when the crisis had erupted. He assured them that nobody be it Akhilesh or Shivpal could reject his suggestions.
Speaking for the first time on the prevailing crisis in the Yadav clan, the SP chief on Friday admitted that the party had erred in taking some decisions, which had then snowballed and resulted in the current trouble.
He dismissed reports of differences within the party or the family. On Thursday, senior SP leader and strategist Ram Gopal Yadav had said the party leadership should not have sacked Akhilesh Yadav+ as state party president in such a manner.
” Galti hui humse (I committed a mistake),” said Mulayam. “We have a big Samajwadi family. At times there is a difference of opinion, but everything has been resolved now,” he said, urging party workers to focus on winning the elections.
“We have to form the next government with a clear majority, so start working for it,” he said.
Mulayam Singh+ indicated that sacked minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati may be accommodated in the state cabinet once again. “There were reports that Gayatri has been expelled from the party. If that is the case, then how is he sharing the stage with me,” Mulayam Singh said.
The SP supremo added that all action taken against Gayatri Prajapati stood cancelled. He, however, did not clarify if he would re-induct him into the cabinet.
Mulayam praised his brother, Shivpal, for working hard to strengthen the party. “He has done a lot for the party, but even he cannot say no to any of my decisions,” he said. “For that matter, even Akhilesh cannot overrule my decision… so where is the problem? Everything has been sorted out,” he said.
The SP chairman repeatedly clarified that all issues had been resolved within the party and asked party leaders to prepare for elections.