Lucknow : Despite Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Singh Yadav today trying to defuse ongoing differences within the first family of the ruling Samajwadi Party by claiming that he has no dispute with his nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the rift within the family is reported to have grown further following reports of possible merger of the mafia don Quami Ekta Dal(QED) into the party. Mr Akhilesh, totally miffed over the certain turn of events over the QED's merger in SP and the resignation threat by Mr Shivpal, has gone mum over political statements made by his father and SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav during the Independence Day function at the state party office yesterday. When asked about the merger, the CM flatly said, "ask netaji (Mulayam". Due to opposition by Mr Akhilesh, the merger was scrapped in June last after three days of a high voltage political drama. Later, the SP Parliamentary Board too ratified the cancellation of the merger.
However, Mr Shivpal during a programme at Etah today said he has no difference with Mr Akhilesh and any indication by Mr Mulayam is an order for him. He added that decision on merger would be taken by the party president and no one else. "Some officers are not listening to me and they are not even doing justice to the people. Government will certainly punish them. Within next one month time action would be taken against the illegal land grabbers," he said. However, Mr Shivpal also praised the Chief Minister over the development works done in the state and warned the people who are trying to defame the government. He was attending a programme in Etah to distribute Kanya Vidya Dhan to the girls.