Monday, 23 October, 2017

Mulayam says not floating a new party, blessings are with Akhilesh

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav with other senior party leaders during the 8th state convocation of Samajwadi Party at Ramabai Ambedkar ground in Lucknow SP Uttar Pradesh unit meeting shows infighting is far from over
Kenny Thornton | 25 September, 2017, 15:44

Earlier, before the press conference, it was expected that Mulayam Singh Yadav will announce a new outfit on Monday along with virtually defunct Lok Dal, and retain the "Samajwadi" tag in its name.

But today, Mulayam Singh simply urged "people of a Samajwadi mindset to join us" and told reporters: "I am not forming any new party as of now". "I want to say that "netaji" (Mulayam) is my father and his blessings will always be with me".

Cheered by the large crowd of supporters and party workers, the former UP Chief Minister also said that unfortunately the biggest state of the country has now got a "government of lies" and accused it further of dishing out a bunch of lies in form of a White Paper against previous governments. "None of the promises made by the government have been fulfilled during the last three years and Petrol-diesel prices have skyrocketed", Mulayam Singh Yadav alleged.

On Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav removed Akhilesh-loyalist Ram Gopal Yadav from the post of secretary of the Lohia Trust and appointed his brother Shivpal Yadav in his place.

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Shivpal had announced in June that he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front "to fight communal forces". Other than this the fact that the new posters displayed during the convention also did not feature pictures of Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Singh.

Adding fuel to the fire, SP president Akhilesh Yadav in a veiled attack on his estranged uncle Shivpal, warned SP workers to "beware of banawati [fake] Samajwadis". He is not invited to the SP's events. Another surprise presence was that of SP Parliamentarian Beni Prasad Varma, whose inclusion in the party previous year was said to have triggered the battle within the family. He said that "Netaji (Mulayam) is my father and this party (SP) belongs to him. We will take forward this "andolan" (movement)", he said. Lok Dal has the old election symbol of "farmer ploughing field".

The former Chief Minister, however, clarified that he still enjoyed the blessings of his father, even as he asserted that along with the SP founder, several other leaders had worked hard to establish the SP and its andolan.

He also accused his son of failing to keep his word to return the SP's presidentship to him.

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