With Uttar Pradesh gearing up to vote in the final phase of the Assembly election, the fissures in the Samajwadi Party have been exposed once again.
Mulayam Singh Yadav's second wife Sadhna Yadav broke her silence on the acrimonious fight in the family and said Akhilesh Yadav was "misled". "Nobody should have disrespected Netaji," she said, adding that Shivpal Yadav was not at fault and has done a lot for Netaji and the party.
The war in the Samajwadi Party, which saw father Mulayam Singh and son Akhilesh fighting each other to claim supremacy saw the son replacing father as the Samajwadi Party chief.
As the family drama came out into the open, many accused Sadhna Yadav of fuelling the war between the father and son. Sadhna was widely believed to be against Akhilesh Yadav being projected as the party's face ahead of the UP election.
With her son Prateek Yadav not showing interest in politics, Sadhna is now rallying behind daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, who is contesting the Assembly election this time.
HERE IS WHAT SADHNA YADAV SAID:
- I will not back off. Respect is of utmost importance for me. I have been disrespected in the past but I will not let that happen now.
- Netaji did not allow me to enter politics but I worked in the background. Now, I don't want to enter politics, but yes, I would like my son Prateek to enter politics.
- I feel bad about what has happened in the family, but I don't blame anyone. I never thought Akhilesh would separate. This pains me.
- No matter what, nobody should have disrespected Netaji. It is he who founded and nurtured the party.
- Shivpal Yadav should not have been insulted, he was not at fault. He has done a lot for Netaji and the party.
- A chief secretary was transferred and people said I was behind it. It is false, although I wish I was so powerful.
- I don't know who misled Akhilesh. He respects Netaji and me a lot. The number of conversations with him since January 1 have been more than what we've had in the last five years.
- I was brought up in a family where my father used to say that one should not publicise one's good work, but now times are different. I will now devote myself to social work.
- I want our party to win again and want Akhilesh to become chief minister again.