Akhilesh, Mu­layam share pub­lic space af­ter sev­eral months

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LUC­KNOW: Af­ter a gap of sev­eral months, Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Ya­dav and his fa­ther Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav were seen to­gether at a pub­lic event here to­day, trig­ger­ing spec­u­la­tion of a pos­si­ble rap­proche­ment. The oc­ca­sion was a func­tion at the Lo­hia Park to mark the 50th death an­niver­sary of so­cial­ist leader Ram Manohar Lo­hia.

Af­ter pay­ing flo­ral trib­utes to­gether at Lo­hia's statue, the fa­ther-son chat­ted amid slo­gan shout­ing by party work­ers.

They later posed for shut­ter­bugs.

Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav, who was un­seated as the SP chief by Akhilesh Ya­dav in Jan­uary, moved in a golf cart with his son and waved at ex­cited party work­ers.

Akhilesh Ya­dav, 44, touched the feet of his 77-year-old fa­ther, who is the SP pa­tron.

Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav's younger brother Shiv­pal Ya­dav was, how­ever, con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence.

Ear­lier this morn­ing, Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav had vis­ited the Lo­hia Trust of­fice here and paid trib­utes to the so­cial­ist leader along­with Shiv­pal Ya­dav.

Later, at the the SP head­quar­ters, Akhilesh Ya­dav was asked about his re­la­tions with Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav.

"If a fa­ther glosses over his son's mis­takes, the child may lose way...there is fight of ide­olo­gies in ev­ery fam­ily," Akhilesh Ya­dav said, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to crit­i­cal re­marks made by Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav in the past about his func­tion­ing.

Af­ter get­ting re-elected as the SP chief last week in Agra, Akhilesh Ya­dav had met his fa­ther in Luc­know to seek his bless­ings. Akhilesh Ya­dav drove down to his fa­ther's house on Oc­to­ber 7 and spent over half an hour with him.

Be­fore the Agra con­ven­tion too, Akhilesh Ya­dav had met Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav to in­vite him. How­ever, Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav and Shiv­pal Ya­dav had given it a miss.

The back-to-back meet­ings between the fa­ther and son kin­dled hopes of party work­ers of a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between them.

Ap­par­ently to send a mes­sage that 'all is well' in the Ya­dav clan, Akhilesh Ya­dav had in Agra said that his es­tranged un­cle Shiv­pal Ya­dav had blessed and con­grat­u­lated him over the phone.

Shiv­pal Ya­dav had also con­grat­u­lated his nephew af­ter his re-elec­tion as party chief on Twit­ter.

Both Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav and his brother were side­lined by Akhilesh Ya­dav af­ter he be­came the SP chief at the party's na­tional con­ven­tion here on Jau­nary 1.

Tak­ing con­trol af­ter be­ing al­loted the 'bi­cy­cle' sym­bol by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Jan­uary 16, Akhilesh Ya­dav has been go­ing full throt­tle to con­sol­i­date his grip over the party.

Ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons at SP head­quar­ters, Akhilesh Ya­dav also lashed out at the BJP claim­ing that projects ini­ti­ated by him were now be­ing in­au­gu­rated af­ter re­mov­ing his plaques.

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