Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday warned his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav against his inaction to weed out corrupt and sycophants from the party.
Addressing his party workers after unfurling the tri-colour at the party office in Lucknow, Yadav said, “In SP, flattery makes everyone happy, but criticism is taken as an offence.”
The former UP chief minister accused his son of hogging all the power in the party.
“Today all the control in the party has shifted from me to Akhilesh. And the truth today is no one is working in the party.”
“Today party leaders are not doing honest work; most of them stay put in comforts of Lucknow, others indulge in land grabbing… chief minister knows everything but does not have courage to take action,” said Yadav, urging Akhilesh to clean up house before upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, so that the party can present a united front.
Recollecting the days when Samajwadi Party had a national status, Yadav challenged the new party leadership to take the party back to its glorious days by winning respectable votes in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttrakhand.
In his address, Mulayam also praised Shivpal Yadav and called him the most hardworking member of the Samajwadi Party.