Akhilesh, Mulayam Yadav Share Stage For the First Time in Months
After a gap of several months, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav were seen together at a public event in Lucknow on 12 October, triggering speculation of a possible rapprochement.
The occasion was a function at the Lohia Park to mark the 50th death anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia.
After paying floral tributes together at Lohia's statue, the father-son chatted amid slogan shouting by party workers. They later posed for shutterbugs.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was unseated as the SP chief by Akhilesh Yadav in January, moved in a golf cart with his son and waved at excited party workers.
Akhilesh Yadav, 44, touched the feet of his 77-year-old father, who is the SP patron.
Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger brother Shivpal Yadav was, however, conspicuous by his absence.
Earlier in the day, Mulayam Singh Yadav had visited the Lohia Trust office and paid tributes to the socialist leader along with Shivpal Yadav.
Later, at the the SP headquarters, Akhilesh Yadav was asked about his relations with Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"If a father glosses over his son's mistakes, the child may lose way... There is fight of ideologies in every family," Akhilesh Yadav said, apparently referring to critical remarks made by Mulayam Singh Yadav in the past about his functioning.
After getting re-elected as the SP chief last week in Agra, Akhilesh Yadav had met his father in Lucknow to seek his blessings. Akhilesh Yadav drove down to his father's house on 7 October and spent over half an hour with him.
Before the Agra convention too, Akhilesh Yadav had met Mulayam Singh Yadav to invite him. However, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav had given it a miss.
The back-to-back meetings between the father and son kindled hopes of party workers of a reconciliation between them.
(This story has been edited for length)
(Breathe In, Breathe Out: Are you finding it tough to breathe polluted air? Join hands with FIT in partnership with #MyRightToBreathe to find a solution to pollution. Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp @ +919999008335)