Mu­layam-Akhilesh share stage

Fa­ther-son seen to­gether at event af­ter one-year gap

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT with agency in­puts

Af­ter ex­actly a year, Sa­ma­jwadi pa­tri­arch Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav shared pub­lic space with his son and Sa­ma­jwadi pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav on Thurs­day.

The fa­ther-son came to­gether at a func­tion to mark the 50th death an­niver­sary of so­cial­ist ide­o­logue Dr Ram Manohar Lo­hia and Mr Akhilesh Ya­dav du­ti­fully touched his fa­ther’s feet in a ges­ture de­signed to send out “all is well” sig­nals.

As the fa­ther and son chat­ted on stage dur­ing the func­tion, Mr Shiv­pal Ya­dav was con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence. It was the very pub­lic spat be­tween Mr Akhilesh Ya­dav and Mr Shiv­pal Ya­dav in the past one year that had caused an al­most ver­ti­cal split in the party with Mr Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav throw­ing his weight be­hind his brother.

Mr Shiv­pal Ya­dav, mean­while, of­fered trib­utes to Dr Lo­hia at the Lo­hia Trust of­fice, of which he is now the sec­re­tary.

Later, ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons at the SP head­quar­ters, Akhilesh Ya­dav said that the “projects ini­ti­ated by him are now be­ing in­au­gu­rated by the BJP by re­mov­ing his plaques”.

On Mu­layam, he said, “If a fa­ther glosses over his son’s mis­takes, he be­comes mis­guided. There is fight of ide­olo­gies in ev­ery family...”

The for­mer CM, how­ever, did not elab­o­rate.

Ask­ing party work­ers to gear up for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the SP chief said, “We have noth­ing to lose now. We will only gain. The peo­ple of the state are wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to bring the SP back.”

“We have to pre­pare for 2022 As­sem­bly elec­tions too. This govern­ment

is not do­ing any de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple have un­der­stood that,” he said.

The SP chief also at­tacked the Centre for im­ple­ment­ing the GST “with­out any prepa­ra­tions”, caus­ing hard­ship to the trader com­mu­nity.

— PTI

SP founder Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav and party pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav af­ter pay­ing trib­utes to Ram Manohar Lo­hia on his 50th death an­niver­sary on Thurs­day.

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