Akhilesh restores Shivpal’s portfolios, brings back Prajapati in cabinet

Lucknow, Sep 16 (IANS) All the portfolios withdrawn from senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav earlier this week were given back to him on Friday, after days of a bitter power struggle between him and his nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The Chief Minister’s Office late on Friday tweeted that all the departments like Public Works Department (PWD), Irrigation, Cooperative and Revenue were once again back with Shivpal Singh Yadav.

In another tweet, it also announced that former mining minister Gayatri Prajapati was also being brought back in the cabinet.

The two developments came after SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav announced these measures before party workers. Following the resignation of Shivpal Yadav from all party posts and from the state government, the ruling party had plunged into a grave crisis on Thursday night.

Mulayam Singh finally mediated in the ongoing war of supremacy within the party and asked Akhilesh Yadav to roll back his decisions against Shivpal Yadav and Prajapati. With this, while curtains seem to have finally come down on the four-day-old drama but informed sources say the coldness between the “chacha-bhatija” still continues.

“The patch up is superficial. The egos of the two are set to clash again as Shivpal has won this round and the chief minister who was adamant on not retreating back from his actions has had to do so, thereby diminishing his hold and authority on the government,” a senior party leader said.

–IANS

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