What can you say about a son who grabs the control of a political empire built by his father? Or what can you say about a father who fights his own son to retain power? This has actually happened earlier also and it is happening yet again within the Samajwadi Party (SP). In the latest development, the founder of Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav has been expelled from the party’s national executive committee. Along with him, Shivpal Yadav has also been removed from the committee. In the party’s National Office bearers list that has been submitted to the Election Commission, there is no mention of both Mulayam and Shivpal. This effectively means that both of them have been removed from the party. It also signifies that Mulayam’s son Akhilesh Yadav is now the one and only owner of Samajwadi Party.
Earlier, there were talks about making Mulayam the patron of the party. It was after Mulayam had tried to improve his ties with his son. However, party spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said today that there is no provision for the post of a patron. As per the new list, which was released by general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, the party’s national vice president would continue to be Kironmay Nanda. The executive committee has 10 general secretaries, 10 secretaries and 25 other members. The treasurer Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Seth will continue with the same post. Seth is said to be close to Mulayam Singh Yadav.