Differences growing in Samajwadi family in UP: Mulayam, Akhilesh offer tribute to Dr Lohia separately

Differences growing in Samajwadi family in UP: Mulayam, Akhilesh offer tribute to Dr Lohia separately


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav addressing a news conference ahead of party's rally in Ranchi, Jharkhand on September 4, 2013. (Photo:IANS)

Lucknow:  Differences within first family of the Samajwadi Party were growing day by day and now, they were expressing their displeasure in the public too. The differences were clearly seen today during the 50th death anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and party state president Shivpal Singh Yadav not exchanging a word during the function at the Lohia Park here. Akhilesh, first went to Lohia Trust on Vikramaditya Marg and garlanded the bust of the socialist leader and thereafter, rushed to the Lohia Park to pay his tribute to Dr Lohia. At Lohia Park, the CM paid floral tributes to the socialist leader, even as Mr Shivpal was waiting there for party president and his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav. After paying his tribute, the CM did not wait for a minute and left the place without waiting for his father and did not even had eye-contact with his uncle Shivpal. However later, Mr Mulayam reached Lohia Park and paid his floral tributes to the great socialist leader. In his brief speech too, the senior Yadav expressed his annoyance on the party workers as they were not going to the people and just trying to appease the senior leaders in Lucknow. Senior UP Ministers like Om Prakash Singh, Ahmed Hasan and other senior party leaders were present, along with Mr Mulayam and Mr Shivpal. "These workers only raise slogans and they just want election tickets even as no one knows them in their constituencies," Mr Mulayam said, adding that the entire country was remembering Dr Lohia on his 50th death anniversary today. Narrating his relationship with Dr Lohia, Mr Mulayam said he was a great philosopher and he met him on August 23,1967. "Now a days, workers work hard but they do not follow the ideology. The workers do not hear the speeches of the big leaders, nor they read about the leaders. We have made a big Lohia Trust and there are several thousands of books on the life of several big leaders, but unfortunately, no worker is interested in going there," he stated. Mr Mulayam asked if anyone knows about the speeches of Dr Lohia and claimed that he still remembers the words of all important speeches of the socialist leader. On the occasion, the party released a CD of 50 important speeches of Dr Lohia.

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