Mulayam in Lucknow: Shivpal- Akhilesh meet for 25 minutes

Lucknow: In a surprise move, Shivpal Yadav met UP CM Akhilesh Yadav late Thursday evening. Shivpal drove down to CM residence, and met Akhilesh for about 25 minutes. What transpired between the two is not known yet. Sources say Shivpal's move came after intervention of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is camping in Lucknow.

Earlier in the day Shivpal defended Amar Singh. The party leaders have been critical of Amar Singh's alleged role in the current feud in Mulayam Singh Yadav's family. However, Shivpal said that an organisation is strengthened by taking everyone along.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who had stripped his uncle Shivpal of key portfolios after SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav made him state unit chief, had yesterday blamed an "outsider" for the crisis.
Speaking in the same vein, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav also hit out at Amar Singh after his meeting with Akhilesh, though he refrained from naming him.
Asked about other SP leaders' "unhappiness" with Amar Singh, Shivpal said, "Taking everyone along makes an organisation stronger. There are all kinds of people in a party. One has to apply his mind also."
"If everyone becomes intelligent, all of them will be CM or netaji. Everyone cannot be Akhilesh or Mulayam," he told reporters at his residence.