LUCKNOW: Launching a direct attack on expelled Samajwadi Party leader and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav -- who has been acting as CM Akhilesh Yadav's mentor in the present intra-family feud -- SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused him of plotting a split in the party. Mulayam charged Ram Gopal with hobnobbing with other political parties to break the party.
Addressing the party workers at SP headquarters here on Wednesday, Mulayam said that Ram Gopal had met the BJP chief thrice in the recent past. The SP patriarch reiterated his resolve of not letting any split in the party he had build with his 'blood and sweat'. “I will neither change the name of the party, nor seek a new symbol,” Mulayam said adding that it was his party and his ‘cycle’.
Mulayam, however, in a bid to woo Akhilesh back, repeated his statement that the latter would be the next chief minister if SP comes to power after the polls. “Some leaders are trying to split the party. Their intensions were clear when they approached the Election Commission with the proposal of a new name—Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Party -- and a new symbol ‘Motorcycle’ a few months back,” said the SP chief.
Putting the entire onus of family feud and subsequent crisis in the party on Ram Gopal, Mulayam dragged the son and daughter-in-law of the expelled leader into the controversy saying that Ram Gopal was working on their advice much against the party's interest.
"Na hum alag party bana rahe hain, na symbol badal rahe hain. Woh (opposing group) dusri party bana rahe hain. Maine unko (opposing group) kaha vivaad mein mat pado. Hum party mein ekta chahte hain. (We are not forming a separate party, nor are we changing the symbol. They are forming another party. I told (Akhilesh faction) them not to get into arguments. We want unity in the party),” the SP leader said.
Meanwhile, Ram Gopal Yadav didn't respond to Mulayam’s charges saying that he was awaiting the Election Commission’s decision over symbol issue on January 13.
Earlier, flanked by his brother Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam played an emotional card by narrating how he built the party brick-by-brick facing all the hardships and a prolonged struggle.
“Maine gharibi mein pariwaar chhoda aur party banayee. Mere paas jo bhi thha woh maine sab de diya. Ab mere paas kya hai ....Mere paas ab sirf mere karyakartaon ka samarthhan hai (I left my family in penury to build the party. Whatever I had I have already given away. Now I am left with nothing but the support of my party workers),” said the party chief giving a sentimental colour to the entire controversy.
Assuring that he would not let the party break, Mulayam told the party workers how he built the party during emergency when Akhilesh was just two years old. Mulayam told workers who were repeatedly cheering him that he shared their pain.
"Aapki chinta swabhavik hai kyunki Samajwadi Party sangharsh se bani hai. Party ki ekta ke liye humne pura samay diya hai (Your worry is obvious as Samajwadi party has been built after a lot of struggle. I have tried my best to keep the party intact).” “I'm standing here to tell you that the party will not split. It's not me who is trying to split the party, there are others who are meeting rivals,” he added, referring to Ram Gopal.
The SP chief, however, appealed to the SP workers present in the party office to work with unity to ensure victory of the party candidates in the State Assembly elections.