New Delhi: It seems like that the political difference in Samajwadi Party continued as its supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav while briefing a press conference today said he is only chief of the party and his son Akhilesh Yadav is only the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday evening said he remains the party President and Akhilesh Yadav was only the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Mulayam Singh told the media here, “I am the National President of SP and Akhilesh is the Chief Minister of UP.”
He added that the decision taken by Akhilesh supporters to replace him by the Chief Minister as the party chief was null and void.
Akhilesh Yadav continued to be the Chief Minister, he added, in a matter-of-fact statement that he did not recognize his son as the party boss that he (Akhilesh) claims to be.
Mulayam Singh also said Ram Gopal Yadav had been expelled from the Samajwadi Party and hence he had no right to call the national convention where Akhilesh Yadav replaced him (Mulayam) as the party chief.
On January 1, the Akhilesh faction dislodged Mulayam Singh as the party President and designated the former Chief Minister and ex-Defence Minister as the “marg darshak” (mentor).
Since then, both factions of the Samajwadi Party have approached the Election Commission to claim the election symbol “cycle” ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Ram Gopal Yadav, a Rajya Sabha member, has emerged as a key strategist for Akhilesh Yadav in what has turned an initial family squabble into a full-fledged political battle in Uttar Praesh.