Mulayam family gets another govt post


Shivpal's son Aditya Yadav made UP Pradeshik Cooperative Federation chairman

Another 'son' has risen in the Samajwadi Party. Aditya Yadav alias Ankur (25), the elder son of Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger brother Shivpal, was Tuesday elected chairman of the UP Pradeshik Cooperative Federation (PCF).

After taking over, Aditya announced that he was ready for a bigger role in politics, if "Netaji" so wished.

The PCF is an important cooperative institution of the state, having a turnover of more than Rs 4,000 crore. Aditya's father incidentally is the Cooperative Minister.

Although Shivpal was not present, he seemed to have made sure that Aditya felt at ease. His personal secretary Dharmendra Singh accompanied Aditya and helped him.

Aditya arrived in an SUV, fitted with a red beacon, and accompanied by a police escort — although the PCF Chairman is not entitled to a red-beaconed vehicle. SP workers, who had assembled in large numbers, garlanded Aditya.

PCF Managing Director Sandhya Tiwari welcomed Aditya and completed the formalities of his unopposed election by the directors. The SP workers distributed sweets to celebrate the occasion. Even those of them with grey hair lined up to greet Aditya as 'Bhaiyya' (brother).

Sandhya Tiwari, who has been transferred as District Magistrate of Firozabad, urged the new chairman to take a round of the office building. She accompanied him to the call centre and explained its working. "Sir, this is a new initiative and has been started by me. We receive farmers complaints through it," she informed.

Aditya, who holds a B.Tech. degree, said that as PCF chairman, Netaji's policies would be his agenda. "My immediate priority will be to eliminate middlemen and contact farmers directly whether in purchase of foodgrain or supply of fertilisers." He added, "There is so much competition these days that one has to excel for survival. It is a prestigious post and I have to perform." He also said that the alleged bunglings in PCF during the Mayawati regime will be examined.

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