KANPUR: It was 'a morning without sunrise' for Samajwadi Paty chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday, a day after the mortal remains of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav were were consigned to flames with full state honours at his native village Saifai in Etawah.
After the entire family visited the cremation site to collect the ashes, Akhilesh took to Twitter to express his emotions. “Today, for the first time it appears that the morning began without a sunrise,” he wrote in Hindi. Thereafter, the entire Yadav clan took part in a "shuddhi sanskar'" on Wednesday morning.
Later in the day, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav called on Akhilesh at Saifai to express their grief over Mulayam’s death.
Nitish Kumar while talking to media persons said, "The absence of Mulayam Singh Ji is not only a loss for UP but for the entire country. We are all very sad about his demise."
On opposition unity in the absence of Mulayam, Nitish said, "We already had a talk with Netaji’s (Mulayam) son Akhilesh. We want everyone to be together, but it is not the right to talk about this right now, this is a sad time."
"We had tried earlier also to connect everyone, we want as many people as possible to unite," he said, adding, "UP and Bihar are no different. I was in charge of UP during the time of Janata Dal. We then kept coming to UP and even today I come to UP. We have always had a relationship with UP, we will all become one, then there will be development and the country will prosper."
On the relationship of uncle (PSPL chief Shivpal Yadav) and nephew (Akhilesh), Nitish said that it was a completely different topic. "Akhilesh Yadav has been a CM, we have to take him forward," he said.
Along with Nitish Kumar, Janata Dal United president Lalan Singh, JDU principal general secretary KC Tyagi and minister Sanjay Jha were present. Earlier, Nitish Kumar garlanded the picture of "Netaji" and paid tributes to the departed soul. On Tuesday, Bihar deputy chief minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had also attended the funeral.
Nitish Kumar also met Rajlakshmi Yadav and Dimple Yadav. Rajlakshmi Yadav is the youngest daughter of Lalu Prasad. She is married to Mulayam Singh’s grandnephew and former Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap Yadav.
National president of Jan Adhikar Party Pappu Yadav, who also visited Saifai and met Akhilesh, tweeted the pictures. He said: "I could not get the last glimpse of my guardian 'Dharti Putra' (son of soil) Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji! But today, I reached Saifai at his house and met Akhilesh Yadav Ji, his pain is unimaginable."
Earlier, Akhilesh along with uncle Shivpal and other family members went to the funeral site on Wednesday morning, collected the ashes and then joined the family for ‘shuddhi sanskar’ at Saifai’s Kothi, their residence. Besides Akhilesh and Shivpal, Mulayam kin including Prateek Yadav, Abhayram Singh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Tej Pratap Singh Yadav were present on the occasion.
All the people of the family are gathered at the house itself and there is an atmosphere of mourning.
People are still reaching the house to pay their condolences. The entire Saifai is in mourning and people have not opened shops since morning. People were seen discussing Mulayam and his life at the localities, streets and crossings.
Mulayam passed away on Monday morning at the age of 82 at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. His mortal remains were brought to Saifai on Monday evening and the cremation took place on Tuesday.