Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today declared truce between his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal Singh Yadav.
Addressing workers at party’s Lucknow office after separate meetings with both the warring leaders, Mulayam said that the SP was not just a political entity for him but a family.
He said that till he was around, there was no way the party would get divided.
“It is election time, we should all come together and work. There is no fight between Akhilesh and Shivpal. Samajwadi Party is a family, there are no differences in the party... Akhilesh will not defy my word,” he said.
The rift within the Samajwadi Party has threatened to derail the party just ahead of assembly polls.
Pointing out that workers and supporters of the party were worried about the unfolding events within the party, Mulayam said that Akhilesh would go and meet his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.
The Yadav chieftain also ruled out any major differences between Shivpal, Ram Gopal and Akhilesh.
As party workers raised slogans in favour of Shivpal Singh Yadav, the SP chief shouted them down and said they should remain quiet as he was speaking.
He also dropped a bombshell later when he reversed the decision of his Chief Minister son and announced that former Mines Minister Gayatri Prajapati will be reinstated in the government.
Prajapati was sacked earlier this week on serious charges of patronising illegal mining and minting ill-gotten money.