Shivpal Yadav threatens to float separate party after UP election

Samajwadi Party has fielded Shivpal Yadav from Jaswant Nagar seat in Etawah district, considered the home turf of the ruling Yadav clan.

Uttar Pradesh will be voting for a new state assembly in a seven-phase election between 11 February and 8 March. Despite my speech at the party's silver jubilee when I said that I was ready to relinquish everything and was not in the race to become the CM, this perception continued.

A critique that political analysts have advanced against the SP-Congress combination is that the alliance, which materialised only recently, stands at a loss in front of its opponents, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the BJP, who spent considerable time on the ground before the elections.

The launching of new party was always in the back of his head ever since the family rift came to fore in September previous year.

Attacking his nephew Akhilesh Yadav, without naming him, Shivpal explained that he was sidelined because he opposed the wrongdoings in the government. Counting of votes will be done on March 11.

"If we win, it will be Mulayam Singh whose respect will increase the most", Akhilesh said while addressing a rally in Etah, Uttar Pradesh.

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However, bickering between the alliance with regard to seat-sharing- which had first emerged when a list of 191 candidates released by the Samajwadi Party irked the Congress because it contained the names of nominees for nine seats which the latter occupies- still remains unresolved. The two young leaders also released the joint campaign slogan "UP koh yeh saath pasand hai" on January 29. I was only opposing those who were indulging in wrongdoings and Netaji (Mulayam Singh) was supporting me.

Mulayam is also angry at Akhilesh for going against his wishes and jeopardising the chances of SP members by going into an alliance with the Congress.

Asked about the performance of Mr. Yadav's government so far, Mr. Gandhi said the Chief Minister had honest intentions and had worked hard for the development of the state.

He said he and Mr. Yadav have had a personal relationship for long, but now they had a chance to work togetherfor the welfare of the people of Uttar Pradesh and take it ahead.

In a sarcastic tone, Shivpal also targeted Akhilesh, stating that it was his kindness that Akhilesh gave him a ticket, else he was ready to contest as an independent.

  • Adam Floyd