There appears to be no clarity on the truce claimed by Mulayam Singh Yadav. The Samajwadi party supremo claimed on Tuesday at a press conference in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh that they are one. However, the absence of Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of UP at the press conference in which Shivpal Yadav was present did raise a few eyebrows.
Mulayam made another point that set eyeballs rolling. He said that it would be the legislators who would elect the leader. This gave the impression that Akhilesh Yadav is not the natural choice for CM candidate.
There are 12 key players in the Yadav clan. While each of them have taken the side of either Akhilesh or Shivpal, Mulayam Singh remains neutral. He has made it clear that he will not let go of either Shivpal or Amar Singh.
Make truce with both your uncles (Singh included) he told Akhilesh. However, Akhilesh is not prepared to accept Singh as his uncle and wants him out of the party.
The Yadav Pariwar
Mulayam Singh Yadav: Founder of the Samajwadi Party. Referred to as Netaji, both camps in the party say that they would listen only to him. However, the point is can Mulayam really strike a truce between his son and brother?
Akhilkesh Yadav: The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and son of Mulayam Singh. Considered a popular Chief Minister but not a mass leader. He has clear differences with Shivpal and Amar Singh. However, he says that he will let his father take the final call.
Shivpal Yadav: Brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Considered the most powerful man in the SP after Mulayam. Close to Amar Singh, but has strained relations with Akhilesh Yadav. Was also termed as the de-facto chief minister during Mulayam's stint as CM.
Ramgopal Yadav: Mulayam Singh Yadav's cousin. He is part of the Akhilesh camp. He was Mulayam's blue eyed boy and chief strategist for the SP. However earlier this week, he was expelled from the party for six years.
Dimple Yadav: Wife of Akhilesh Yadav. She has remained quiet all through this controversy. She won the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from the Kannauj constituency.
Akshay Yadav: Son of Ramgopal. He is an MP from Ferozabad and is part of the Akhilesh camp.
Dharmendra Yadav: An MP from Badayun, he is part of the Akhilesh camp.
Aditya Yadav: Son of Shivpal Yadav. He is likely to be given an assembly ticket in 2017. Shivpal is apparently making a major push for this. Currently he is the chairperson of the UP Cooperative Trust.
Sarla Yadav: Wife of Shivpal Yadav. She is the chairperson of the Etawah Cooperative bank. Backs her husband and has often played the role of trouble shooter.
Aparna Yadav: Wife of Prateek Yadav, the younger son of Mulayam Singh. She is the SP's candidate from Lucknow Cantonment. She is close to Mulayam and Shivpal.
Tej Pratap Singh Yadav: He is Mulayam's grand nephew and is close to Akhilesh. He is married to RJD chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter.
Premlata Yadav: Loyal to only Mulayam Singh Yadav. She is married to Rajpal Yadav, Mulayam's brother. She is also the first woman to contest an election from the Yadav clan.