Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav has accused the party leadership, headed by his nephew and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of ignoring him and not assigning him any work, reported the Hindustan Times on Monday.
“I have not been given any responsibility,” Shivpal Singh Yadav said. “I want some responsibility given to me and all of us fight [2019 Lok Sabha elections] together. This is the only way to success. I have been waiting for the past one-and-a-half years. How long will I tolerate this utter neglect?” he said in Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj on Sunday.
Yadav’s comments come a day after former party chief and his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav said that nobody shows him any respect now. Mulayam Singh Yadav added that he hoped that he would be honoured after his death. Shivpal Singh Yadav said he respected the party patron and would not leave him under any circumstances. “We are respecting Netaji [Mulayam Singh] and will continue to do so,” he said. “I have been with Netaji and will remain with him. Those not giving him [Mulayam Singh] any respect owe everything to Netaji. They started their innings in politics with Netaji and have been benefited.”
Shivpal Singh Yadav added,“There is an undeclared emergency like situation in the country...corruption is at its prime...all the party leaders and workers need to stand with the people and help them in resolving their problems.”
Yadav claimed there was “never any revolt or rift either in the party or family”, according to NDTV. He was referring to the feud between Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav that started in the run-up to Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in March 2017, , in which the Bharatiya Janata Party soundly defeated the Samajwadi Party. The fight had escalated in September 2016 with Mulayam Singh Yadav removing Akhilesh Yadav as party president and appointing Shivpal Singh Yadav in his place and Akhilesh Yadav retaliating by relieving his uncle of his Cabinet portfolios. The tensions have continued after the elections.