The Samajwadi party is fast hurtling towards a split. The signs are ominous as in a pre-emptive strike; the chief minister has sacked 4 senior ministers including his estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav from his government for the second time. As a reaction, Shivpal sacked another uncle considered close to the chief Minister Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav.
There was always friction between father Mulayam and son Akhilesh Yadav, but recently it reached a breaking point. By sacking the powerful Shivpal Yadav and 3 of his supporters, the CM has thrown down the gauntlet and indicated willingness to part ways with his father.
Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada was also sacked from the post of vice president-ship of UP Film Development Council. According to sources, some more pro-Amar Singh ministers are likely to be dropped.
On the others side, Ram Gopal Yadav will no longer be a Rajya Sabha SP leader; the post might likely go to Beni Prasad Verma. "Even in economics this happens, 'Khota sikka ne asli sikke ko market se bahaar kar diya'," said Ram Gopal Yadav on his expulsion. He also said that there was no CBI case against him or his family.
Offering his two cents on the ongoing Samajwadi Party feud, the RJD president and Mulayam’s relative Lalu Prasad said that SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is capable of solving such problems and if the need arises he would go to Uttar Pradesh to lend a helping hand. Earlier, the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called the feud within the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh as an "internal matter", but said had efforts of merger of the Janata Parivar succeeded, situation would have been "much better".
Meanwhile, Mulayam Singh has defended his younger brother Shivpal Yadav and Amar Singh. "I can't leave Amar Singh or Shivpal Yadav, they have done a lot for me," he said adding “I tell Akhilesh things but he focuses on other things; abusing people does not help”.
Unless Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav can resolve their differences right away, a formal split in the party appears inevitable. Now when it will happen, if it will happen remains a question yet to be answered!
The Samajwadi Party was one of several parties that emerged when the Janata Dal (People's League) fragmented into several regional parties. The Samajwadi Party is led by Mulayam Singh Yadav.