Mulayam rebukes SP workers for staging protests

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Akhilesh had yesterday announced that his disgruntled uncle Shivpal will be given back his portfolios and Gayatri Prajapati will be reinducted as Cabinet minister, issues which had triggered an all-out war in the party.

Asked whether the problem in the family was Amar Singh, Shivpal said: "I don't think so, and it should not be so". He had rushed to the city from New Delhi on Thursday night. In fact, some months ago, as he completed four years as chief minister, a dissident legislator of his own party had described him as the "weakest and most inefficient chief minister in the history of Uttar Pradesh".

In his 18-minute speech to party workers, Mulayam said that Akhilesh could not ignore his decisions.

Replying to questions from India TV, Akhilesh Yadav said: "I am ready to return party posts and even portfolios but I must have the power to distribute tickets, because the forthcoming poll is after all a test for me and my party".

Akhilesh also said the interference of the "third" person will not be tolerated.

Disagreements between Akhilesh and his uncle have been reported on several occasions, including on the choice of official to appointed as the state's chief secretary after Alok Ranjan's term ended and the postponement of Quami Ekta Dal's merger with the Samajwadi Party.

Young cooperator and PCF Chairman Aditya Yadav who is the son of Shivpal has also reportedly resigned from the Chairmanship of Pradeshik Cooperative Federation- a body which was in the vanguard supplying agricultural inputs from seeds to fertilizers to the farmers of the state.

About protests by his supporters, Akhilesh said, "I have appealed them not to engage in any sloganeering or use any posters or hoardings".

The senior party leader was, however, not forthcoming over his resignation from the state government. But, by failing to stick to his stand and sideline Shivpal, who time and again, has been at the centre of many unsavoury controversies, the Chief Minister once again has proven how powerless he is to stand up to his father's diktat.

Seeking to end the rift between him and and Samajwadi Party's UP chief Shivpal Yadav, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday met his uncle Shivpal in Lucknow.

"Ours is a big Samajwadi parivar (family)". We want him back as the party's state president. "There are some ministers in his cabinet who are outsiders and do no work".

Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav today rejected the double resignation that Shivpal Singh Yadav had tendered yesterday, but a couple of throwaway comments seemed to weigh against the trio's claims that all was now well in the party, government and family. "In every situation, we are with Netaji", Shivpal Yadav said, thus effectively ending the crisis.

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