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SP family war: Mulayam, Akhilesh shout at each other; Shivpal wants MSY as CM, but Yadav junior to continue
In a bid to resolve the internal feud within the Samajwadi Party, seasoned politician Mulayam Singh Yadav had called a meeting of party MPs, ministers and MLCs at the party headquarter in Lucknow. However, the meeting ended abruptly without any solution, if various media reports are to be believed.

Reportedly, a heated exchange of words took place between Mulayam and Akhilesh during the meeting. Akhilesh offered to step down from the post of the chief minister, but the Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) asked him to continue.

Shivpal Yadav, who was sacked by Akhilesh from his cabinet on Sunday, urged Mulayam to take over as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh while alleging that Akhilesh was in mood to float a new party.

Refuting the claims made by his uncle, Akhilesh said that he would continue to be a part of the Samajwadi Party. He said that he was never going in the way of launching a new party.

Mulayam Singh Yadav fully supported Shivpal and Amar Singh at the meeting and called Amar as his brother. Praising his brother Shivpal, the SP chief said that he had done a lot for the party.

"Amar Singh has helped me a lot; Amar is my brother. I cannot forget the work done by Shivpal Yadav. I can't tolerate anything against Amar & Shivpal. Amar saved me from going to jail. Mere donning of red cap does not make one Samajwadi," Mulayam Singh said in the meeting, as reported by The Hindu.

He asked the party leaders present at the meeting to focus on the upcoming UP assembly elections rather than fighting with each other.

Meanwhile, Shahid Siddiqui, a former Rajya Sabha MP from Samajwadi Party who was expelled form the party after he interviewed PM Narendra Modi for his Urdu newspaper Nai Duniya, in a tweet termed the fight between Mulayam and Akhilesh as unfortunate.

In another tweet, Shahid predicted that Akhilesh could be sacked from the party. He also claimed that a group of SP MLAs in UP may join BJP.

Reacting to the war within the Samajwadi Party, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said if the rift was not resolved quickly it will harm Mulayam's party.

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