Akhilesh in tears, says wouldn't float new party at SP meet

Akhilesh said he would have resigned if asked by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday broke down during the party meeting convened by his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. “Netaji, you are everything for me. I will do whatever you say, but will not keep quite if any conspiracy is hatched against you,” Akhilesh said.

In a 15-minute long emotional address, Akhilesh said he had become the chief minister because of his father’s blessings. He also said that he did not own anything in the party built by his father. “If Netaji would have asked me for resignation, I would have given it,” the chief minister said.

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Akhilesh said all these years he had worked hard for the welfare of the people. He addressed his father as his guru. Adding further, he said there were some people trying to create differences within the family, and he was efficient to stop any wrong-doing.

Denying speculations that he would skip the ruling party’s silver jubilee celebrations, Akhilesh said that he would attend the event and embark on a Rath Yatra from November 3. The chief minister claimed that he had been able to connect to the masses with the help of Samajwadi Pension Yojana.

The meeting was also attended by Akhilesh’s uncle Shivpal Yadav, with whom the chief minister has been embroiled in a bitter feud.

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Sunday witnessed intense political drama within Uttar Pradesh’s first family after Akhilesh sacked Shivpal as a minister for the second time.  Three other ministers said to be close to Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh were also shown the door. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his cousin Ramgopal Yadav from the party.