Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said that the entire “Samajwadi Pariwar” stands united and that the “Samajwadi Party” was not facing any problems.
Akhilesh further said that the “Samajwadi Pariwar” will unitedly face the challenges being posed by “ communal” forces trying to make an entry into the state somehow.
Akhilesh made these remarks after chairing a meeting of state cabinet that was also attended by his uncle Shivpal Yadav.
"Samajwadi Pariwar is as united as it was before and, in days to come, the challenges before the state and the government, as communal forces (which) want to make an entry somehow, will be faced unitedly," Akhilesh Yadav said.
Akhilesh was flanked by his uncle after he emerged from the meeting of the state cabinet.
This was the first cabinet meeting after a week-long crisis in the Yadav family which saw the feud between factions led by Shivpal and his nephew Akhilesh coming out into the open.
"The Samajwadi Pariwar will together work to ensure that Samajwadi government returns to power and takes the state in the direction of development and prosperity," said the chief minister.
Referring to the feud in the family, the Chief Minister said he wanted to tell all leaders, office bearers and others that "there are no problems in the party".
The chief minister, who is known to take questions from the media, however, made an early exit.
The war in Uttar Pradesh's first family appeared to be far from over, with Shivpal, who has been made SP's state unit chief by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in place of Akhilesh, on Monday asserting himself by expelling the party functionaries considered close to Akhilesh.
Protesting against the action, a number of youth office bearers of the party's front wings resigned, claiming that "Akhilesh" is their "undisputed" leader.
While two youths of SP Chatra Sabha (students wing) climbed atop a TV transmission tower here to protest the mass sacking, some "Akhileshwadi" SP youth leaders wrote resignation letters in blood.
(With PTI inputs)