The family feud in Samajwadi Party is refusing to die down. Last week, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger brother Shivpal Yadav announced a new political outfit Samajwadi Secular Morcha to be headed by Mulayam, even though Akhilesh Yadav is the national president of Samajwadi Party. Shivpal is known to not like Akhilesh and has been demanding that Mulayam should be handed back the rein of the party.
Now Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav too has supported this demand and reminded Akhilesh Yadav that he had promised to give the rein of the party back to Mulayam Singh Yadav after the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, which concluded in March this year where BJP scored a massive victory.
Aparna Yadav too had lost the assembly elections to a BJP candidate, but she was all praise for the new government under Yogi Adityanath. She expressed her opinions in an interview to Dainik Bhaskar.
Aparna, who is the wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son Prateek Yadav, praised Yogi for working as a team and in a veiled reference to Akhilesh Yadav’s working, she rued that regional parties ‘work like Hitler’.
“Yogi government is not a one man show. They are taking decisions only after consulting a few people. Whereas everyone has to accept decisions of one man in a regional party,” she was quoted as saying.
She further said that the Yogi government has been doing good work ever since taking over and there was no decision for which she could attack the government. She defended setting up of the ‘Anti-Romeo Squad’ by the government saying it has benefitted women.
“Yogi ji has taken strong action in cases where some wrongs were committed (by the Anti-Romeo Squads),” Aparna Yadav reportedly said.
She even defended the nomenclature saying that while “Romeo” might be a great lover in Shakespearean plays, the term “Roadside Romeo” was also a phrase in English that has different connotation altogether.
Aparna further defended Yogi government putting Samajwadi Party government’s decision under scanner, saying this was ‘routine process’ in every state after regime change.
“When Samajwadi Party came to power, work done by the earlier BSP government was probed, which revealed the money spent on statues and parks,” she reminded.
Aparna Yadav not only praised the Yogi government’s work, she also rubbished theories about BJP winning the assembly elections due to EVM tampering – a charge BSP and Kejriwal are championing, with indirect support from the Samajwadi Party and Congress.
“We lost the elections due to our won deeds,” she said, rejecting the conspiracy theories.
It is to be seen how Akhilesh Yadav reacts to this latest ‘rebel’ in the family. Earlier today, he expelled 5 members of the party who were close to uncle Shivpal Yadav.