Mulayam Singh, who was sidelined by his son before the Uttar Pradesh election earlier this year and left to a mentorship role in the party he founded 25 years ago, was expected to announce a new outfit - the Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi party. The report quoted sources as saying that Mulayam may announce a new party in alliance with the Lok Dal.
When asked about Akhilesh's comment that he has the blessings of his father, Mulayam said, "Yes as my son he has my blessings, but I do not agree with the decisions taken by him".
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav announced, amid speculation, that he would not be launching a new party as of now. The convention saw a realignment of forces within the SP as senior leader Azam Khan attended the event and lashed out at the "people who have betrayed the party", in an apparent reference to Shivpal, his one-time friend and confidante.
Speaking on the demonetisation, the septuagenarian said, "Demonetisation was a setback for people".
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The charge against "traitors" was led by Akhilesh himself. His blessings are with us and we will carry forward his legacy.
Mulayam Singh talking to the press also said that Akhilesh had promised to give back the post of the Party President to Mulayam Singh, but he did not keep up his promise. "My father has always been with us and will remain with us", said Akhilesh, according to PTI.
Mr Yadav called on his party members at the meet to realise their responsibilities ahead of the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, seats vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya. "A number of Shivpal loyalists had contested on Lok Dal ticket during the assembly polls and the party used Mulayam's photographs for campaigns, terming him a true samajwadi", the Lok Dal president said. He declined to state which decisions of Akhilesh were not acceptable to him. Mulayam expressing his discontent with his son said that a man who cannot keep to his words can never succeed in future. "As probe of "karnamey" (misdeeds) in previous regime are underway, he (Akhilesh) is feeling frustrated and nervous", Mr Pandey said.
Slamming the BJP for touting the Lucknow Metro as the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yadav said the world knows that work for the ambitious project was initiated by the SP government and work on the first phase also completed during his rule.