Shivpal Yadav's visit coincided with sharp criticism by his nephew and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav of the new UP government for what he has called a "betrayal" of farmers.
"Promise was to waive the entire loan... farmers are feeling cheated as the government fixed a limit of Rs one lakh. The poor farmers have been betrayed," Akhilesh Yadav, UP's former chief minister, tweeted last night on a waiver of almost 40,000 crore in farmer loans announced by the Yogi Adiyanath government after its first cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav have been estranged for months in a family feud that left the Samajwadi Party in disarray just before the crucial UP assembly elections. Akhilesh Yadav wrested control of the party from his father Mulayam Singh and uncle Shivpal Yadav, but his strategy to ally with the Congress flopped and the BJP swept the state, winning 325 of UP's 403 seats along with its allies.
A few days later the young Yadav couple was seen escorting the Chief Minister when he visited a cow shelter that they run. "He is every one's chief minister," said Aparna Yadav, 27, dismissing speculation that she is appearing closer to the BJP, with brother-in-law Akhilesh Yadav tightening his grip on the Samajwadi Party.
Aparna and Prateek are seen to side with Shivpal Yadav in the family feud. Shivpal, now sidelined in the party, has also consistently found support from Mulayam Singh Yadav in his tussle with Akhilesh Yadav. Mulayam Singh Yadav, the founder of the Samajwadi Party, and who had addressed over 300 rallies in the 2012 UP elections, campaigned only for Shivpal Yadav and Aparna Yadav this year.