The turf war within the Samajwadi Party got uglier after one of its legislators, believed to be a supporter of Akhilesh Yadav, said that Mulayam Singh Yadav's second wife was part of the conspiracy against the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. He also asked the SP chief to step down and give the position to Akhilesh.
In a letter, MLC Udayveer Singh said that Mulayam Singh Yadav needs to make way for his son. He further attacked the state SP chief and Mulayam's brother, Shivpal Yadav.
He alleged that Shivpal was the face and Akhilesh Yadav's stepmother Sadhna Gupta has been hatching conspiracies against Akhilesh ever since his name was considered as the chief ministerial position.
The first-time MLC is the first party member to ask Mulayam to step down to make way for Akhilesh. He is also the first to insist that the feud within the party is because of Gupta.
"As this information came out in the open that you want Akhilesh to become the CM, conspiracies were hatched within the family. Though Akhilesh's stepmother herself remained behind the scenes, Shivpal came forward as her political face and started contacting senior party leaders to prevent this," the Etah-Mainpuri MLC said.
Akhilesh was reportedly pulled up in public by his father under pressure from the anti-Akhilesh group. The UP CM reportedly did not react as he was an obedient son.
He also said that Akhilesh was being subjected to black magic.
"When you were the chief minister, you had the power to take all decisions related to the party. Similarly, you should consider giving full control of the party to Akhilesh Yadavji," the letter concludes.
Singh told IANS that he wrote what most of the party feels. However, other party members have harshly criticised him for writing this. Another MLC, Ashu Malik, said that it was "unacceptable" and insulting. The embarrassing letter has left the party red in the face.
"Any attempt to humiliate Netaji (Mulayam Singh) will not be tolerated," Malik said, in an indication that Singh will soon be ousted.