He addressed the workers at the party office after meeting Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav. He said that there will no division in the party till he was around. He also said the SP is not just a political entity but a family.

Pointing out that workers and supporters of the party were worried about the unfolding events within the party, Mulayam Singh said that Akhilesh would go and meet his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav. The Yadav chieftain also ruled out any major differences between Shivpal, Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav.

As party workers raised slogans in favour of Shivpal Singh Yadav, the SP chief shouted them down and said they should remain quiet as he was speaking.

Sacked Gayatri Prajapati To Be Reinstated

Mulayam Singh also dropped a bombshell later when he reversed the decision of his chief minister son and announced that former Mines Minister Gayatri Prajapati will be reinstated in the government. Prajapati was sacked on Monday based on serious charges of patronising illegal mining and minting ill-gotten money.

This move is likely to dent the authority of Akhilesh Yadav further.

Here are the highlights of the political tussle:

12:47 am: Akhilesh Yadav will go meet Shivpal Yadav at his residence: Mulayam Singh Yadav

12:45 am: It is elections time, we should all come together & work. There is no fight between Ramgopal Yadav, Akhilesh & Shivpal: Mulayam Yadav.

12:43 am: Every father & son duo faces issues. There is no rift. But there is fault of our people as well, who spoke to media: Mulayam Singh.

12:42 am: Samajwadi Party is a family, there are no differences in the party: Mulayam Singh Yadav

12:40 am: There can't be a rift in the party, says Mulayam Singh Yadav

12:45 am: No fight between Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav. There will be no issue in the Party as long as i am here.


Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shivpal Singh Yadav told his supporters that he will support Mulayam Singh Yadav in any condition, and they should not indulge in any activity that damages the party image. Addressing a gathering of supporters camping outside his official residence, Yadav reiterated that he was with the party chief and elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav after submitting his resignation from the position of  state's unit chief.

11:43 am: UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav reached at Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence to meet him hours after Shivpal Yadav left his house after attending a meet to discuss the Samajwadi Party crisis.


11:10 am: Shivpal Yadav left Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence after meeting him to discuss the ongoing power tussle between him and Akhilesh Yadav.

"Hum sab neta ji ke saath hain (We all are with neta ji)," he said while making it clear that for him only Mulayam Singh Yadav is the boss. He did not mention the name of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Shivpal further said that for him an indication of Mulayam Singh Yadav was an order and he would go by the party chief's decision in any situation. "Hum har paristhithi main neta ji ke saath hain aur rahenge, unka ishaara hamare liye aadesh hai."


Today, slogans have been raised against Ram Gopal Yadav:


Earlier in a twist to the deepening feud in Yadav family, Shivpal on Thursday night submitted his resignation as ruling Samajwadi Party's state unit head and as a minister in the cabinet of newphew Akhilesh Yadav with whom he is at loggerheads.

Shivpal submitted his resignation from the two posts to Mulayam who rushed Lucknow from Delhi this evening to douse the flames that threaten to hurt the ruling party in the Assembly polls due early next year, sources said.

Shivpal's wife Sarla also gave resignation from the post of District Cooperative Bank Chairperson, Etawah, and son Aditya gave resignation as Chairman of Pradeshik Cooperative Federation, the sources added. However, Mulayam reportedly refused to accept the
resignations, they said.

Earlier, as the first family of Uttar Pradesh battled an open war within, Mulayam Singh rushed to Lucknow and met Shivpal and Akhilesh separately to end the conflict. As soon as he reached here, the SP summoned Shivpal and held closed door meeting with him. Shivpal later met Akhilesh at his official residence, sources said, adding the meeting came at the behest of Mulayam.

Ram Gopal Yadav Stands By Akhilesh's side
Mulayam's cousin and SP's national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, who is seen as backing the Chief Minister, said the leadership had committed an unintentional "mistake" by removing Akhilesh as party's UP president.

Ram Gopal, who had met the chief minister, said the "differences" had arisen due to some "misunderstanding". He blamed "outsiders" for the crisis, an apparent reference to Amar Singh who recently returned to the party after a number of years.

He claimed that "Akhilesh is not angry with anyone and the decision of netaji (Mulayam) is final in the party." The same was said by Shivpal at his press conference. The feud had spilled into the open after the Chief Minister stripped Shivpal of key ministerial portfolios two days back, hours after he was replaced with Shivpal as the party's state unit chief by his father.

"Differences do take place on some minor point and they can be resolved.... The leadership, though not deliberately, had made a mistake when CM was removed from the post of (state) president (of SP)," Ram Gopal told reporters.  When asked about the Chief Minister's statement regarding role of "outsiders" in the family tussle, Ram Gopal said, "There is a general perception in party workers, leaders and
people about this...".
Shivpal Yadav's Jibe At Nephew Akhilesh: Nobody In SP Can Challenge Mulayam Singh
Amar Singh, who was expelled from the party in 2010, rejoined the SP recently. Cabinet Minister Azam Khan also took a swipe at his bete-noir Amar Singh, though he refrained from naming him, and said the chief minister was right in his assessment.
"If the chief minister is saying it, he must be right as he is in a responsible position. We had such apprehensions and that is why we had strongly opposed the return of such people who had a black history. Their only job is to make recordings and blackmail," he said.

'Outsider' Is Blamed
Party's Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal said, "If there is any outsider, who is interfering, he should stop immediately." He asserted that Akhilesh will be the Chief Ministerial candidate of Samajwadi Party in the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Targeting Amar Singh without naming him, Ram Gopal said that due to "simplicity" of Mulayam, "those who have nothing to do with party's interest are able to take benefit". "They harm the party.... All those who met me are saying so," he said.

"He is the same person, who used netaji's simplicity to make an incharge of the party (Shivpal was earlier made SP UP incharge). There is no such post in SP. They say you are being challenged.....There is no one in the party who can challenge netaji," Ram Gopal said.
Shivpal, on the other hand, defended Amar Singh saying an organisation is strengthened by taking everyone along. Asked about other SP leaders' "unhappiness" with Amar Singh, he said, "Taking everyone along makes an organisation stronger. There are all kinds of people in a party. One has to apply his mind also."

Amid the opposition to the manner of his appointment as state unit chief, he said, "I was state president in 2011 and now netaji (Mulayam) has once again given me this responsibility. No one has the capacity to disobey what he says."

His reaction came after Ram Gopal said, "He (Akhilesh) should have been asked to resign and he would have tendered it. He could have been told that elections are coming and you continue as CM and the work of state president will be taken care of by him (Shivpal)."