UP CM Akhilesh Yadav at the launch of a new insurance scheme in Lucknow. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui also present. (Photo: ANI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday his conflict with uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav was a government battle, and not a family feud.
"This is a tussle in the government, not the family," he said while interacting with reporters on the sidelines of an event at his official residence in Lucknow.
Akhilesh quickly added that he always did what Samajwadi Party leader and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav told him to do.
"I generally go by what Netaji tells me but, yes, I do take some decisions on my own," he said, in an apparent explanation of his action of late Tuesday when he divested Shivpal Yadav of plum portfolios.
That happened after Akhilesh Yadav was removed as the state party chief and replaced by Shivpal Yadav.
The CM added that Mulayam Singh Yadav was the tallest leader in the ruling party and everyone in the family followed to what he said.
The Chief Minister had earlier sacked two ministers considered close to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav on Monday.
On Tuesday, He also removed chief secretary Deepak Singhal, who was considered close to Shivpal Yadav.