Akhilesh should step down as Samajwadi Party chief: Aparna Yadav

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Taking a dig at the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today said the party that had cornered the previous government over the law and order situation in the state has been reduced to a "mute spectator". "We all know who is the "Shakuni" (a villain in Mahabharat)' he said, in a veiled attack on his cousin Prof Ram Gopal Yadav who had backed Akhilesh during the family war".

Mulayam Singh had on Sunday told a gathering in Mainpuri that anointing Akhilesh as Chief Minister was his "big mistake" after which the party fortunes nosedived. The party would have done better if it had gone alone, he added.

"The alliance with Congress is responsible for the present poor state of the party".

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When asked if his brother Shivpal Yadav had chose to form a new front, Mr Yadav said that efforts should be made to strengthen the Samajwadi Party. I had advised Akhilesh not to go ahead with it but he did so. He also blamed the alliance with congress for the "poor" of the party.

The Samajwadi Party founder said the leadership of the party would be in the hands of youth in future and added that he would again talk to Shivpal to sort out the issues.

"The Congress party did not leave a single chance to ruin my life and Akhilesh formed an alliance with the same party for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections", Mulayam said.

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"In order to restore his (Mulayam) lost dignity and to bring all the Samajwadis together, there will soon be an announcement of this secular front in Lucknow", Shivpal told ANI. "I had not been the member of the illegal convention of the party which elected Akhilesh as the national president, so he does not have any right to expel me", Shahid reacted to his sacking. The timing is significant as Akhilesh has just launched a membership drive and asked SP district presidents to report on leaders who indulged in anti-party activities during the election campaign. Nevertheless, I tolerated it.

Aparna's statement is likely to further intensify the ongoing family feud in the Samajwadi Party.

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