He claimed his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav wanted to form a new party. "I only have you (workers) all". Had he asked me, I would have saved his son and daughter-in-law (from the CBI).
Coming on a day after Mulayam and his chief minister son Akhilesh had a long meeting in Lucknow, the assertions by the father were repetitive in the sense that he tried to lay all the blame for the current, prolonged woes of the SP on Ram Gopal, while insisting that son Akhilesh had been "misled" by Ram Gopal.
Mulayam Singh's statement comes two days before both Samajwadi Party factions meet the Election Commission (EC) for a hearing to resolve the fight over the party's election symbol.
Speaking to party workers, Mulayam Singh Yadav made a startling revelation. "I will neither change the name of the party, nor seek a new symbol", Mulayam said adding that it was his party and his "cycle".
The last such meeting between father and son last week had failed to end the impasse in the party which saw a vertical split as Akhilesh was anointed SP chief in place of Mulayam.More news: 'Democracy needs you,' Barack Obama tells farewell rally
On the other hand, sources say that the Akhilesh camp is ready with the plan to have a pre-election alliance with the Congress, Janata Dal (United) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). "Par sabne ye manna chahiye ki yeh party sangharshon se yahan tak pahunchi hai (I have given everything to the party and everyone should accept that the party has reached here after much struggle)", he said in one emotive tone even as his supporters raised slogans in his favour. "But he has met the president of another party (BJP) four times".
SP leaders from the Akhilesh camp also left for Delhi on Wednesday, the sources said.
Mulayam wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari informing him about the expulsion of Ramgopal from the party and, in effect, as its leader in the Upper House.
The Chief Minister accuses them of instigating Mulayam against him. I only want him to stay away from Ram Gopal. "I am neither going to float a new political party nor changing the election symbol". He asserted that more than 90% of the party leaders are with Akhilesh as attested by thousands of signatures he furnished to the Election Commission. Shivpal Yadav too was closeted with Mulayam for about 45 minutes.
On Wednesday, Mulayam Singh reiterated that Akhilesh Yadav would be the next chief minister.