It seems that the tussle between Samajwadi Party state chief Shivpal Yadav and his nephew and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has not died down even during the show of unity and bonhomie by the ruling party at its silver jubilee ceremony.
The war of words between the two leaders from the Mulayam clan resurfaced again on Saturday when Shivpal Yadav took a swipe at Akhilesh Yadav saying some people inherit power without doing anything while others get nothing despite making sacrifices.
While making it clear that he does not want to be the chief minister, Shivpal Yadav said Akhilesh can "sack" and "insult" him but he can give his blood for the party and stressed that he has worked hard as minister in the last four years.
"I want to tell popular CM Akhilesh that whatever sacrifice you want from me, I will give. I never want to become CM. You can insult me, sack me many times (as minister) but I can even give my blood for the party," he said.
"You (CM) have done a good job. But I have also done a good job in past four years in the ministries given to me. You can verify works done by me in PWD, irrigation, revenue, cooperative and others departments", he said.
Akhilesh too took a swipe at his uncle saying he was ready for any test and cautioned against "damage" to the party.
"I will not reply to certain things. Ram Manohar Lohia ji used to say he would be heard but only after death. I want to say that people will hear but only after everything is damaged," Akhilesh said addressing an event on the occasion.
"If you want to take my test, I am ready for anything. Our target is to defeat BJP and BSP in 2017 elections. This UP election will decide future of the country", he said. The SP has been battling a family feud between Akhilesh and Shivpal.
While Mulayam has been insisting that all is well in the party, both Shivpal and Akhilesh have been making statements exposing the rift in the party. In a bid to portray a united front ahead of the 2017 state assembly elections, the feuding first family had come together on Thursday to flag off chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's 'rath yatra' in Lucknow.