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In a big setback for Akhilesh Yadav, his father and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav has accused Akhilesh of insulting him during the run up to UP polls, adding on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was right when he had said that a son who was not loyal to his father couldn't be loyal to anyone else.
"Ye sahi hai ki jo baap ka nahin hua, wo kisi ka nahin ho sakta," Mulayam said, quoting Modi, in perhaps his most biting criticism of the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh who dislodged him as the party national president.
"The (PM's) statement and the public show of discord in the Yadav clan affected voters and led to the party's drubbing in the elections," Mulayam, who was in Mainpuri to inaugurate a hotel, said.
The SP patriarch repeatedly referred to the fact that his son had "disrespected" him.
The former defence minister also pointed out that never in the history of the country had anyone named his son the chief minister despite being active in political life, like he had done.
"While people voted for me as the chief minister in 2012, I chose to make Akhilesh the CM, but he humiliated me thereafter," Mulayam said. "I have never been insulted so much ever in my life.