NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, estranged from his son who’s party president, said on Monday that he doesn’t plan to form a new party “as of now”, but did add that he “doesn’t agree with many decisions” made by his son Akhilesh Yadav . Talk heated up again about a split in the SP, when on Saturday Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav stayed away from a state convention of the party saying they were not invited, PTI reported. Speculation was rife that Mulayam will on Monday announce a new party by joining hands with the virtually defunct Lok Dal.
Not yet, said Mulayam on Monday.”I am not forming a new party as of now,” said Mulayam at press conference he called.When asked what he felt about the current leadership of the party – in the hands of his son Akhilesh – Mulayam said his son has his blessings, but not necessarily his approval. “He is my son, so my blessings are with him, but I don’t agree with his decisions,” said the SP founder and former SP supremo.
Akhilesh, in his address at the Lucknow convention yesterday, reportedly cautioned against “fake samajwadis” or “fake socialists”. At the same time, he expressed deep respect for his father. “Netaji (Mulayam) is my father and this party (SP) belongs to him. His blessings are with us and we will carry forward his legacy. My father has always been with us and will remain with us,” said Akhilesh