The Samajwadi party spat between the father-son duo has found its spotlight yet again after SP president Akhilesh Yadav snubbed SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav over the Sambhal seat in Uttar Pradesh.
The friction arose after Mulayam Singh Yadav asked Akhilesh Yadav to give the Sambhal seat to his daughter-in-law, Aparna Yadav. However, Akhilesh released an entire list and rebuffed his father by giving the Sambhal seat to Shariqur Rahman.
Mulayam's younger son's wife Aparna Yadav fought on the SP ticket in 2017 in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections but lost to Rita Bahuguna Joshi of the BJP.
However, this family feud has been a known affair as Mulayam Singh Yadav on the day of SP-BSP seat-sharing formula announcement held his son responsible publicly accusing him of 'finishing the party'
“Who is destroying the party? It's our very own people. It was such a strong party. We had formed the government thrice on our own and for those three terms, I was the chief minister. I was even the Defence Minister once. I don’t want to bring politics into this but I am saying the right thing,”
Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav on February 21 clarified that he is upset with the alliance forged by his son and party president Akhilesh Yadav with Maywati's Bahujan Samaj Party. Mulayam Singh Yadav expressed his discontent over the Uttar Pradesh pact ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, questioning why Akhilesh Yadav gave half the seats to Mayawati's party, as SP will fight on 37 seats and while the BSP on 38.
The remarks came weeks after SP patriarch created a stir in Parliament, saying he wished that Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns to power.
"Now, tell me the basis for giving away half the seats. Now we have only half the seats left. Our party was stronger. We are strong, our men are weakening the party. What a strong party we had made, and I became the CM and the defence minister as well," he said, suggesting that the SP has seen better days under him.
BJP's election preparation is better. It has an edge over us, he told party workers and suggested that the candidates should be announced soon so that they can begin work on the ground.
"How many of you have given applications to me? Nobody. Then how will you get the ticket? Akhilesh will give the ticket, but I can change it," he said.
In 2017, the discord reached to a point where Mulayam Singh Yadav even stopped campaigning for the party.
SP announced its first list on March 8, listing first six of its candidates including Mulayam Singh Yadav, the cousins of Akhilesh Yadav's cousins Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav. However, the name of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was missing from the list. According to the list, the SP patriarch Mulayam Singh will be contesting from Mainpuri, while his nephew Dharmendra Yadav will contest from Badaun and Akshay Yadav, the son of senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav from Firozabad.
(With PTI inputs)