Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav, who was stripped of key ministerial portfolios by his nephew and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav yesterday, has put the ball in party chief and his brother Mulayam Singh Yadav’s court over decision on his role in the party.
“I will abide by any decision taken by netaji (Mulayam). The people of UP are with Samajwadi Party and netaji and I will take a call only after talking to him,” Shivpal said today in Saifai, when asked if he will resign as state minister.
He, however, avoided making any statement about Akhilesh and only said that the CM has a right to assign and revoke portfolios.
Akhilesh had stripped his uncle of key ministerial portfolios hours after his removal as the partys state unit chief and appointment of the latter in his place.
Sharp differences in the Yadav family came out into the open as Akhilesh shunted Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, considered close to Shivpal, barely two months after his appointment, a development that prompted Mulayam Singh ousting his son as state party chief and replacing him with Shivpal.