A day after Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from Samajwadi Party (SP), RJD President Lalu Prasad today spoke to SP supremo and his son to facilitate a patch-up between them and advised both not to fight the upcoming UP elections separately.
Prasad had a telephonic conversation with both Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh this morning, the RJD president told reporters here.
He said that the RJD chief urged both of them to patch up and advised them not to go into the crucial state elections separately.
"Takrao se virodhiyo ko milega takat (friction will provide strength to rivals)," the RJD chief told them. Prasad has family ties with SP chief as his daughter is married to Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap Yadav, grandnephew of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Uthal-puthal macha hua hai UP mei; Hum kafhi chintit hain isiliye hum 8 baje Mulayam Singhji ko phone kiye: Lalu Yadav pic.twitter.com/CEOuAC9vqn— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2016
Mulayamji se aagrah kiya ki Akhilesh aapke putra hain,aapne inko aur party ko banaya tha, isko sambhalne ki jimmewari aap pe hai-Lalu Yadav pic.twitter.com/tDEYqeK4rs— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2016
Lalu Prasad had recently participated in the foundation day function of the SP at Lucknow and had sought to calm relations between Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle and state party president Shivpal Singh Yadav on the dais.
He had made both of them raise hands with him at the function symbolising unity.
The RJD President has already announced that he would not field any candidate in the Uttar Pradesh elections and would seek vote for SP.
Earlier on Friday, Mulayam Singh sacked Akhilesh Yadav from all party posts for six years.
Along with the CM, Mulayam also sacked his cousin and party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav for a similar time period.
This has come within hours after Ram Gopal called for an emergency meeting of the Samajwadi Party representatives on January 1.
(With PTI inputs)