Ramgopal Yadav defends Akhilesh, rules out any anger in Samajwadi family

Photo of Samajwadi Party national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav.

Lucknow: Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and member of Rajya Sabha, Ramgopal Yadav, amid the raging feud in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family, today said the leadership had committed a “mistake” by removing Akhilesh Yadav as party’s UP president and that “differences” had arisen due to some “misunderstanding”.

Crisis in UP’s ruling Samajwadi Party continued on Thursday with General Secretary failing to persuade Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to call a truce with Shivpal Yadav, his uncle and another party leader.

Ramgopal, SP national general secretary and Mulayam’s cousin, met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here in a bid to defuse the situation after the CM stripped his uncle and Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav of key ministerial portfolios, hours after Mulayam replaced him with Shivpal as the party’s state unit chief.

The chief of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav had asked Ram Gopal Yadav to bring about a truce between his son Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav.

After a 50-minute meeting with Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav said he was hopeful that a solution to the leadership crisis in the party would come about soon.

Saying “Netaji”-Mulayam Singh-was the final authority in the party and family matters, Ram Gopal Yadav also ruled out any discontent or anger in the state’s first family.

Like the Chief Minister earlier, he too hinted that an “outsider” was behind the crisis that has rattled the Samajwadi Party ahead of assembly elections early next year.

Asked if he was referring to Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, he said: “The world knows who the man is.”

He also suggested that Amar Singh was the person who got Shivpal Yadav appointed as “in-charge” of the state some months ago in a bid to destabilise the Chief Minister.

Ram Gopal Yadav said, “A man is out to destroy the party and he is taking undue advantage of the simplicity of Netaji.”

He asserted that there is “no crisis” in Samajwadi Party.