Saifai (Etawah): Trying to convince voters that the prolonged family feud for control over the Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh's ruling Yadav family presented united front on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters after the vote in their native village Saifai, the Yadavs came out with perfectly in-sync sound bytes to end any rumors of fight within the family.
While SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's second wife Sadhna Gupta said Akhilesh and her son Prateek were equally dear to her, Prateek said nobody could have possibly taken UP on the path of development "like his bhaiya, Akhilesh".
Dimple and Sarla, wives of two men at war until recently, CM Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, went to the polling booth together, dissing reports of friction between their husbands. Asked about allegations of "step-motherly" treatment of Akhilesh, Sadhna said, "Akhilesh and Prateek are like my two eyes. They are equally dear. It pains me when Akhilesh is called my stepson."
Sadhna said, "People who make such claims are worse than demons." Mulayam's second wife had kept away from the media glare during the recent family feud even after an Akhilesh loyalist MLC alleged that she was brain behind the political crisis for control over SP. Her son Prateek, whose wife Aparna is an SP candidate from Lucknow Cantonment, was also all praise for Akhilesh.
"Today was the first time that I took the Agra Expressway to reach Saifai and it was nothing less than a hallmark of development," Prateek said, lauding cheerfully, "Kaam bolta hai (work speaks for itself)."
Mulayam, Akhilesh and his wife Dimple, too, held public meetings for Aparna. Dimple, too, said, "You people say there is discord between the two and we have come together to vote." The Yadav family was at Abhinav Vidyalaya polling station in Saifai to vote for Mulayam's younger brother Shivpal, candidate from Jaswantnagar that went to polls in the third phase on Sunday.
A visibly happy Mulayam said there was no stopping SP now. "We will win over 300 seats and form the the government," he said.