Shivpal says he will abide by brother Mulayam's decision

Saifai (UP): Amid speculation that he will resign from the UP cabinet, senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav, who was stripped of key portfolios by his nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, today said giving and taking portfolios is the discretion of the CM and he will abide by the decision of Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"It is the discretion of CM to give (or take) portfolios and remove officers and keep his advisors. I will follow netaji's directions and will fulfill responsibilities given by him," he told reporters when asked about speculation on his resignation.

Asked about his future course of action, Shivpal said, "I will talk to netaji. People of the state have full faith in netaji and the Samajwadi Party".

"I will be going to Lucknow and discuss (with party workers). We will fight elections together," he said.

Over thousand of supporters of Shivpal gathered outside his residence in Saifai and the PWD guest house to express solidarity with him as speculation was rife that he might resign.

The Chief Minister had yesterday stripped his uncle Shivpal Yadav of key ministerial portfolios, hours after his removal as the party's state unit chief and appointment of the latter in his place.

Sharp differences in the Yadav family came out into the open as the Chief Minister shunted Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, considered close to Shivpal, barely two months after his appointment, setting off a chain of developments that saw the SP supremo ousting his son as state party chief and replacing him with Shivpal.  

Amid crisis in the Mulayam Singh Yadav's family, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday “cancelled” all official programmes for today. He was slated to attend two events today—one at the Hindi Sansthan and the other at his official residence.

Meanwhile, powerful minister Shivpal Yadav will be in Delhi today for a meeting with Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mulayam’s cousin and SP MP Ramgopal Yadav has already left for Safai.