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Mulayam should take over as UP chief minister: Shivpal Yadav

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav on Monday urged party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to take over as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, in another twist to the raging feud within the state's ruling Samajwadi Party family.

"He (Mulayam Singh) should take over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh," Shivpal said while addressing party workers here, a day after he was sacked as minister by his nephew, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

At a meeting in Lucknow today, both Akhilesh and Shivpal emotionally stated their cases before party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Amid high drama, Shivpal swore on 'Gangajal' that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had told him he would split the party and chart out on his own.

"Main kasam kha ke kehta hoon ki inhone mujhe kaha ye alag dal banayenge." (I swear that he told me he will form a separate political party)

Shivpal seemed upset over the humiliation of the last few weeks that he had faced in the party when he said, "Kya mera yogdaan nahi hai Samajwadi party mein?" Jab Akhilesh adhyaksh bane, maine public mein support kiya. Aur mere saath kya hua? Jis din aadesh hua, mere saare vibhaag le liye jaate hain? Kya maine CM Akhilesh Yadav se kam kaam kiya tha? Maine har aadesh CM ka maana, Netaji ja bhi." (Is my contribution to the SP any less? When Akhilesh was appointed SP state president, I supported him. But when I was appointed, he took away my departments. Did I work any less than Akhilesh? I listened to everything the CM said, as well as what Netaji said."

Talking about Amar Singh, believed to be the root of the whole feud, Shivpal said, "Yes I have been in touch with Amar Singh. But I have never hidden that I met him." He said, "Tum log to unke pairon ki dhool ke layak bhi nahi ho."

On his part, Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav made an emotional appeal to his father and SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying he was everything as a result of what the SP chief had given to him.

Akhilesh said, "I have reached these heights in my political career because of you. But I will not allow anyone to conspire against you."

He, however, added, "If I find that people are conspiring against you, I will take action."