In the state assembly to vote, Shivpal, said “his vote will also go to Kovind as ‘Neta ji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) had ordered so. There were more than a dozen legislators of the party who were toeing the line of former party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav”.
Ever since the Samajwadi Party lost the assembly elections, Shivpal has been demanding that Akhilesh should step down and hand over the party’s reins to Mulayam.
The senior SP leader had on Wednesday said he will float a new secular party if his nephew and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav did not handover the party reins to Mulayam Singh Yadav.
A sitting MLA denied ticket, a rebel SP leader campaigning on Lok Dal ticket and a splinter SP organisation are signs that the feud within the family of Mulayam Singh Yadav is nowhere near over.
Akhilesh said he will not spare those who create differences between him and his father.
Shivpal Yadav, former state president, has been allocated a ticket from Jaswantnagar constituency.
Apart from being seen talking to his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav and CM Akhilesh, party’s state president Shivpal Yadav was also seen touching Ram Gopal’s feet despite his known differences with him.
The rift between Akhilesh and Shivpal became apparent when the former opposed the merger of Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal with the SP- a move initiated by Shivpal.
“If even a little bit of self-respect is left in Netaji (Mulayam), he should get minister Shivpal Yadav to resign immediately,” Shah said in Kanpur.
“I will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conferring Bharat Ratna to Sir Syed,” he added.
Shivpal said, the state government distributed over Rs 3,446 crore to 44 lakh farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm, Centre did not give a single penny.
BJP is engaged in flaring up even small incidents and giving them communal colour, Yadav said.
Insiders claimed that ground has already been cleared for Amar for Rajya Sabha in 2016.
State has so far released Rs 1,135.57 crore to the districts, of which Rs 602 crore has been distributed among farmers.
Samajwadi Party accused BJP state unit president Laxmikant Bajpai of extorting money from slaughter-houses.