Even as the battle over the party’s symbol ‘cycle’ continued unabated, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met his father and Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav at the latter’s residence here amid speculations of a patch-up on the cards.
Mulayam’s younger brother and close confidante Shivpal Yadav, however, said that he was not aware about any such meeting, but added that he would definitely attend it if invited.
This came as reports earlier suggested that the father-son duo had a telephonic conversation.
The Yadavs have plunged their party into a crisis just as Uttar Pradesh gets ready to vote.
Akhilesh has, with the backing of thousands of party workers, replaced his father as the party chief.
77-year old Mulayam has said that’s a no-go and that his camp – considerably smaller than that of his son’s – is what should be recognised as the legitimate Samajwadi Party.
Mulayam met the Election Commission yesterday to demand that the party symbol – the cycle – remain his property.
However, earlier in the day, Akhilesh’s mentor and uncle Ram Gopal Yadav met the Election Commission to present a counter-claim.
At a party gathering on Sunday in Lucknow, Akhilesh was named president of the Samajwadi Party.
He then pushed his father into retirement by declaring he would now function as patron and mentor.
Mulayam and his aides like Shivpal Yadav and Amar Singh have insisted his faction is the legit Samajwadi Party.