India, Lucknow: The crisis is going deep down in the Samajwadi party, in Uttar Pradesh, as Shivpal singh Yadav quits from all party post in Uttar Pradesh
Shivpal Yadav submitted his resignation to the party chief and his brother Mulayam Singh Yadav who had rushed to Lucknow to broker peace between his son and brother. The resignation from the cabinet was forwarded to Akhilesh Yadav. He took the decision after meeting Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Shivpal Yadav’s son Aditya Yadav also resigned from the post of PCF Chairman.
Akhilesh Yadav had on Tuesday stripped his uncle Shivpal from the plum posts of PWD, Cooperative and Irrigation minister.
Samajwadi Party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav 's two brothers, Ram Gopal and Shivpal, standing on opposite sides in the family, are a study in contrast. While Ram Gopal is part of the party's brains trust, Shivpal has sweated it out with the SP chief at the grassroots to build the party.
A former degree college teacher, Ram Gopal or 'Professor Sahib', is the most educated in the Yadav clan. He has been in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha for the past 25 years and represented the party at national and international forums in academic circles.
A trouble-shooting strategist, he drafts party resolutions, manifestos and guidelines, as well as the party's stand on political affairs in Uttar Pradesh as well as nationally.
After SP's historic win in 2012, Ram Gopal convinced Mulayam to make Akhilesh, fondly called Tipu by family members, the CM. Since then, the relationship between Ram Gopal and Akhilesh has been rock solid. Ram Gopal was also instrumental in elevating several MLAs as ministers and bureaucrats to key positions.
Ram Gopal is sometimes known to even help Akhilesh into exerting greater control over his party workers. He is also known to switch off his cellphone and go hide for weeks if things do not go his way. His image took a a bit of criticism when his family members came under CBI lens while investigating the Yadav Singh case, but his standing in the party and family remains unchanged.
Top SP officials believe it was Ram Gopal who convinced Mulayam not to lead the anti-BJP-Congress camp when opportunity came for him to lead the Mahagathbandhan. When Ram Gopal declared joining Bihar's Mahagathbandhan would be "signing a death warrant" for SP, the party broke away from the alliance.
Since Shivpal had worked hard for the alliance, he grew upset when Mulayam quit Mahagathbandhan.
Shivpal, on the other hand, has grown under Mulayam's guidance and turned into a mass leader. He is a five-time MLA, mostly executing SP's schemes at the grassroots and is known to take political opponents head on. Like Mulayam, Shivpal is deft at handling UP's caste calculus. After SP's grand win in 2012, Shivpal hoped to become CM after Mulayam showed his reluctance for the post. But once Akhilesh was anointed, he accepted his No. 2 position in the SP government.
It was Shivpal yadav, who led the deligation to meet the victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots, which broke out in 2013 and there was widespread resentment among Muslims against the Akhilesh government. The senior SP minister stayed in the riot-affected district for three days and pacified angry Muslims who form SP's core vote bank.
Recently, Mulayam has promoted Shivpal as SP's face at the national level, deputing him to stay in touch with other parties and even hold talks for alliances. This has not gone down well with Ram Gopal.
But Politics is a game of unexpecation, lets wait and watch what further drama comes up in the Yadav family as this is surely going to affect the National and politics of Uttar Pradesh.
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