Akhilesh-Shivpal rift: Sarkaar ka jagada hai, parivaar ka nahi, says UP CM

Lucknow: Amid reports of a rift in Mulayam Singh Yadav's family, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said here today, “Where have you found a family fight? This is a fight in government, not a family fight.”

Akhilesh further said, “Ghar kay bahar kay log hastakshep karenge toh kaise chalegi (sarkar). Some decisions were taken with consultation with Netaji (Mulayam Singh) & some I took on my own.”  

"There is no fight in the family. How will the party function if outsiders keep interfering?" he said.

His statement came a day after the state politics saw high drama with Akhilesh removed as the state party chief and replaced by his uncle Shivpal Yadav. The Chief Minister, in turn, divested Shivpal of plum portfolios in the state cabinet.

On Wednesday, the Chief Minister met close aides and confidants, even as uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav flew off to Delhi to meet party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Akhilesh has also cancelled all official engagements and was meeting with close aides and party confidantes.

The entire episode was triggered after Akhilesh sacked two ministers -- Gayatri Prajapati (Mining) and Rajkishore Singh (Panchayti Raj)-- considered close to Mulayam and Shivpal on Monday.

Akhilesh had also removed Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, who was also known to be close to Shivpal Yadav, on Tuesday.