New Delhi: The Yadav family crisis in Samajwadi Party (SP) seems to have been mitigated as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday appealed to his supports and party members to support the party’s state president, Shivpal Yadav, after he was appointed as the party’s state parliamentary board chief.

“I congratulated Shivpal Yadav ji for becoming state SP President myself and will extend all support to him," said the chief minister while addressing reporters in Lucknow after meeting his uncle Shivpal Yadav.

“We are united, there is no rift in Samajwadi party," he said, adding that politics is not a game, it is a serious business.

Akhilesh Yadav will now have a bigger say in the ticket distribution in the party for the UP state election in less than six months.

The statement comes after party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met his son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav in Lucknow in an attempt to call truce between the two. The party chief decided to maintain status quo to quell the tussle between them—Shivpal Yadav was to continue functioning as the state party president and would be given his portfolios back while former mining minister Gayatri Prajapati, who is considered close to Shivpal and was sacked by the CM from the UP cabinet, would be reinstated to the cabinet.

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“SP is one family. There will be no rift in the party till I am here. We won with a majority in 2012 and we have to all work to repeat that in 2017," Mulayam Singh Yadav had said on Friday.

The rift in the party started last week when on the CM took away three key portfolios from Shivpal Yadav after the latter was appointed as the party’s state president by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in place of Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday. This followed Shivpal Yadav tendering his resignation from all party posts and the UP government. The chief minister and party chief, however, declined the resignation.

The rift spilled over to the streets early Saturday morning, when Akhilesh’s and Shivpal’s supporters clashed outside the party office in Lucknow. The two groups, holding posters and wearing t-shirts with their respective leader’s pictures on it, shouted slogans against each other while the CM’s supporters demanded that he be made the party’s state president.

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