According to a news agency, Mr Yadav told reporters in Mainpuri that though the Congress left no stone unturned to "ruin" his life, his son Akhilesh Yadav forged an alliance with the party in the run up to the assembly polls. "The Samajwadi Party in 2012 went to the Assembly elections on my face and the people had voted for me, yet I committed a grave error and made a decision to install Akhilesh as Chief Minister", said Mulayam in Mainpuri on Sunday.
"Had I been the Chief Minister of UP, the Samajwadi Party would have won the 2017 Assembly elections. It could have fallen lower had I not campaigned", he said referring to the SP's stunning defeat in the polls as he exhorted the workers to strengthen the party.
"Samajwadi Party is quiet and is not registering any protest against the BJP government at present".
Shivpal Yadav has blamed Akhilesh Yadav for the Samajwadi Party's humiliating defeat and said he would launch a new party if he did not reinstate his father at the head of the party.
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Party sources said a Samajwadi Party split is imminent and there is a waiting game on as to who blinks first.
Asserting that it was his fault to endorse Akhilesh as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2012, Mulayam said, "I should have become the chief minister".
The Samajwadi Party founder said the leadership of the party would be in the hands of youth in future and added that he would again talk to Shivpal to sort out the issues. Shivpal is also likely to meet senior leaders to tap in to discontent. They were expelled by the former Chief Minister for "anti-party activities", said the Samajwadi state unit chief Naresh Uttam. "No leader of any party in India had made his son a chief minister during his lifetime, but I made Akhilesh the Chief Minister of UP", he said.
The party asserted that was Mishra was making baseless allegations against Kejriwal "out of desperation" after being expelled from the Cabinet.