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After a gap of several months, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav were seen together at a public event here today, triggering speculation of a possible rapprochement.
The occasion was a function at the Lohia Park to mark the 50th death anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia.
After paying floral tributes together at Lohia's statue, the father-son chatted amid slogan shouting by party workers. They later posed for shutterbugs.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was unseated as the SP chief by Akhilesh Yadav in January, moved in a golf cart with his son and waved at excited party workers.
Akhilesh Yadav, 44, touched the feet of his 77-year-old father, who is the SP patron.
Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger brother Shivpal Yadav was, however, conspicuous by his absence.
"If a father glosses over his son's mistakes, the child may lose way...There is fight of ideologies in every family," Akhilesh Yadav said, apparently referring to critical remarks made by Mulayam Singh Yadav in the past about his functioning.
After getting re-elected as the SP chief last week in Agra, Akhilesh Yadav had met his father in Lucknow to seek his blessings. Akhilesh Yadav drove down to his father's house on October 7 and spent over half an hour with him.
The back-to-back meetings between the father and son kindled hopes of party workers of a reconciliation between them.
Shivpal Yadav had also congratulated his nephew after his re-election as party chief on Twitter.
"This government is not doing any development and people have understood now," he said.
Akhilesh Yadav also attacked the Centre alleging the GST was implemented "without any preparations" causing hardships to the trader community.