The Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is torn in two. He has grasped son Akhilesh’s arm and is being seen at Samajwadi Party functions. But he would dearly like brother Shivpal — who has launched a parallel political party and announced will contest all 80 seats in UP — to return to the family fold. What he would like is for Shivpal to get the position of party general secretary. But now, at last having got full control of the party, son Akhilesh is clear Shivpal must not be allowed to return. Usually, a family meeting resolves such matters. But Akhilesh is not ready even to hold a family pow wow. So Mulayam is forced to watch his family empire disintegrate before his very eyes. Compare this with the much more orderly succession in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam — or even the Janata Dal (Secular).