In an attempt to downplay the worst ever political crisis that the Samajwadi Party is facing, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav categorically denied any rift between Shivpal Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav.
Addressing party workers at his office in Lucknow on Friday, he hinted that he wouldn't hesitate to reinstate minister Gaytri Prajapati who was sacked by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. “The party cannot split as long as I am there. We will resolve the differences. These are just minor bickering that can be found in every home”.
Pointing to Prajapati, Mulayam said, “He is standing behind me. How can he be out of the party?"
Mulayam, without taking any names, said there are some people who do not want the party to come back to power in the state and called upon the party workers to strive hard to ensure the party's victory in the upcoming assembly polls. In fact, Amar Singh has been portrayed as the villain in this entire political drama and Ram Gopal Yadav had openly berated him.
Meanwhile, in the political circles, Mulayam's move is being seen as a deft move to control and minimise the damage. According to sources, Mulayam is likely to initiate steps to make sure that Shivpal would be given back all the portfolios taken away from him and would be made the state president of the party and Prajapati would be reinstated in the cabinet although his ministry may be changed besides taking up the matter of removing Deepak Singhal as the chief secretary.