"I am left with nothing but party workers", Mulayam said. He also said he was trying his best to avoid a split within the party, and insisted that he would never agree to rename it or change its election symbol. Neither camp is willing to make the first move on withdrawing its petition before the Election Commission for claim on the party name and symbol.
"I know who met the president of another party thrice".
I am standing here today and saying that I don't want the party to split.
Many gathered at the party's Lucknow office said they still hope it means a truce between Mulayam Singh and his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav just ahead of crucial elections in Uttar Pradesh.
"What happens if Akhilesh agrees to Mulayam's offer and steps down as national president and tomorrow Mulayam issues an order under the influence of the saboteurs to take away his right to decide candidates - we can not afford that".
The poll panel, which was petitioned by both factions for claim on the party symbol, has now summoned both factions on January 13.
"I understand your worry for the future of the party". Mulayam said that he told the other group to not create a controversy as they are rooting for unity in the party. Then he said that "one person" was behind all the conflict, and asked the crowd to name him: The response was "Ram Gopal" and he said, yes, he is the one.
While announcing Ram Gopal's expulsion from SP on October 23, Shivpal had told the media that Ram Gopal was hand-in-glove because he, his son and MP Akshay Yadav and his daughter-in-law are allegedly involved in a scam in connection to which CBI has nabbed former chief engineer of NOIDA Yadav Singh. Party workers braved difficulties. He used to campaign all night and hide during the day to escape the police.
In Lucknow, Mulayam had a 90-minute long one-to-one meeting on Tuesday with Akhilesh, but it did not resolve the matter.
Mulayam said the party was born out of a prolonged struggle and the genuine Samajwadis were anxious at the turn of events now.
The Akhilesh camp does not want to backtrack now and is ready to go alone even if the party symbol - cycle, goes to his father's camp, a top leader said.
The UP CM also wants the right to ticket distribution. It was also an emotional appeal to his supporters and that it was life's hard work that was apparently being wrecked by Ram Gopal.