As the infighting between Samajwadi Party top brass became a public spectacle in the past month, signs of growing unrest and unease within party workers is starting to surface. Hours after a
“private letter” written to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, asking him to step down to make way for his son Akhilesh, made its way to the media, another party leader has written an emotional post on Facebook expressing strong support for Mulayam.
Ashu Malik, an MLC of the Samajwadi considered close to Mulayam Singh took to Facebook and condemned the trend of writing letters to the party leadership, hurling advice at them. He termed such efforts as “bootlicking”. Malik also subtly cautioned Akhilesh against sycophants, saying that those “insulting” Mulayam only to win favours with Akhilesh, will also insult the chief minister in the future.
Accusing Sadhna and Shivpal Yadav of collusion, Udayveer Singh alleged that the Chief Minister was being subject to black magic with a view to harm him.
Thereafter, reacting sharply to the letter, Ashu Malik posted a long impassioned post on Facebook condemning Singh without taking any names. Malik said that people writing such letters were not “even worth 500 votes” and were holding there positions only because of Mulayam’s sacrifices. He also added that the party would not tolerate indiscipline. “Any attempt to humiliate Netaji (Mulayam Singh) will not be tolerated,” he said.
Praising the Yadav family, he said that not everyone can understand the love and affection between the father and son (Mulayam and Akhilesh). Malik also claimed that Akhilesh is a “dutiful son” and respectful of Mulayam while the latter has also carried out his responsibilities as a father. He said that some people were trying to milk the situation for personal gains alleging that normal conversations within the family were being termed as a rift for political purposes.
In a bid to reach out to Akhilesh supporters, Malik also said that commenting on the family’s internal matters is not only an insult to Mulayam but will also hurt the dignity of Akhilesh. Malik appealed to his “young comrades” who are “misguided” that they should not mar the image of the chief minister by insulting Mulayam. He advised them not to fall for the “anti-Samajwadi party lobby which is giving mere dialogue within the family a political colour”. It is instructive to note here that Akhilesh’s support base is largely rooted amid the young party workers who idealize him as their leader.
According to various media reports, one of the major differences being cited between Akhilesh and Shivpal is the latter’s sacking of few youth wing leaders who were considered close to Akhilesh. Akhilesh, according to The Times of India, has been demanding their expulsion be revoked. “The youth wing leaders who got sacked were actually reiterating their support for me and not protesting against anyone,” Akhilesh was quoted as saying by The Times of India.