The war between Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, which has intensified after the BJP’s major victory in the state of Uttar Pradesh, appears to have taken a new turn with all units – national and regional – of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi party, the group led by Shivpal, is being disbanded today.
The dissolution order was passed by Aditya Yadav, Shivpal’s son and the party’s national secretary. This latest development once fueled speculation that Shivpal Yadav, the younger brother of Akhilesh Yadav’s father and the founder of the Samajwadi party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, would join hands with the BJP. However, neither Shivpal nor his party have responded to these messages.
On Thursday, Mr Yadav appeared to support the idea for a unified civil code across the country, an issue identified with BJP politics. The comments were made during a party honoring Ambedkar Jayanti in Lucknow. “Ambedkar had raised the issue in the Constituent Assembly, Lohia ji (Socialist Leader Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia) had also raised the issue, and on his (Ambedkar’s) Jayanti we are raising our voices for a unified Civil Code We are ready to act and speak about it,” Shivpal Yadav said during the function.
After years of bickering between Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal, which began before the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, as the former prime minister tried to consolidate his hold on the Samajwadi party, ultimately leading to his uncle’s departure, it seemed the two have made up for it before. the elections of 2022. Shivpal Yadav’s party formed an alliance with the Samajwadi party and he fought the polls from his stronghold Jaswant Nagar on a Samajwadi party ticket and won.
But the “reunion” was short-lived. Days after the Samajwadi party lost the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Shivpal Yadav reportedly met with leaders of his Pragatisheel Samajwadi party and said: “Be prepared for a big fight. He also met with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, reinforcing speculation that he is on the brink of switching to the ruling BJP.
The fragile uncle-cousin relationship is at a breaking point because of the differences that have become increasingly visible since the election results. Shivpal Yadav reportedly met with Akhilesh Yadav on March 24, just a day before Yogi Adityanath’s second oath ceremony, and asked for a bigger role in the Samajwadi party. Sources say Akhilesh Yadav reminded his uncle that he was an ally, not a member of the Samajwadi party.
That point was emphasized once before when Akhilesh Yadav called a meeting of his party’s MLAs, but did not invite Shivpal Yadav. When Shivpal Yadav questioned Akhilesh Yadav, he was told that a separate meeting of allies of the Samajwadi party would be held soon.