Mulayam says won’t let Samajwadi Party split, nor change bicycle symbol
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New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) patriach Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said he would not let the party split, even as the factional tussle within the party continued.
Mulayam Singh’s statement comes two days before both Samajwadi Party factions meet the Election Commission (EC) for a hearing to resolve the fight over the party’s election symbol.
“I want unity in the party. I am neither making a new party nor am I changing our symbol,” Mulayam Singh said, while addressing workers at the Samajwadi Party headquarters in Lucknow.
“I have given whatever I had. What is left with me? I only have you all. I founded Samajwadi Party during the Emergency when Akhilesh Yadav was two years old,” Mulayam Singh added on an emotional note.
With less than a month to go for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, a meeting on Tuesday between Mulayam Singh and his son, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav remained inconclusive.
On Wednesday, Mulayam Singh reiterated that Akhilesh Yadav would be the next chief minister.
“Akhilesh Yadav is chief minister and he will be the next CM also. Why are you (Akhilesh) going to these persons... Don’t drag yourself in dispute. We want unity in the party at any cost,” Mulayam said. Before the dispute reached the EC, with the two sides claiming majority support of workers and elected representatives, Mulayam Singh had refused to name his son as the Samajwadi Party’s chief ministerial candidate.
He claimed his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav wanted to form a new party.
“I know who met the president of another party thrice. He wants to save his son and daughter-in-law. He should have approached me. I would have saved them. I know who is forming Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Party with the motorcycle as symbol,” the Samajwadi Party patriarch added. UP goes to polls in seven phases starting 11 February.
PTI contributed to the story.