Lalu does the impossible at Samajwadi party’s silver jubilee celebrations

Samajwadi Party has been in the middle of a raging family feud.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 12:27 pm
samajwadi party, SP silver jubilee, akhilesh yadav, mulayam singh yadav, shivpal yadav, shivpal akhilesh, rajat jayanti samajwadi paty, uttar pradesh elections, up assembly election Samajwadi Party Rajat Jayanti program underway in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. (Source: ANI)

Lalu Prasad Yadav, who buried the hatchet and joined hands with his former foe Nitish Kumar last year, attempted to do something similar at the silver jubilee celebrations of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Lucknow on Saturday. The former Bihar chief minister brought Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav together on the dais in a rare show of camaraderie. Both leaders, who have been at loggerheads over the past several months and maintain bitter feelings for each other, made for a rare show of unity at the grand event.

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A video showed Lalu with Akhilesh and Shivpal holding swords on the dais and attempting to bring them closer to each other. Lalu is seen pulling Shivpal’s hand and making him bless Akhilesh. The chief minister in turn touches his uncle’s feet in what were dramatic scenes. Party chief Mulayam was also present on the dais.

Later in his speech, Shivpal praised Akhilesh’s work as chief minister in the government and convinced supporters that the party will make a return to power after elections next year. He also ruled himself out of the chief ministerial nomination making it clear he had no such interests. However, he did not pitch for Akhilesh as the CM candidate either. Shivpal said it was because of Mulayam’s efforts that the party was able to come to power three times.

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Shivpal, who held important portfolios in the state government, was sacked by Akhilesh last month in what appeared to be deep fissures within the party. In a retaliatory measure, Shivpal sacked Ram Gopal Yadav, a nephew of Mulayam and considered a close confidante Even as senior leaders dismissed any rift, speculation was rife that Akhilesh would break away from the party to lead his own campaign. But the chief minister made it clear he did not want to leave the party.

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  1. B
    Nov 5, 2016 at 8:52 am
    Is this for ideology? For power and money these politicians can do anything. This is nothing but media's creations portraits larger than life picture of unscrupulous people good for nothing.
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    Shubham Kumar
    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:34 am
    Lalu Will Destroy Samajwadi party too... he is a cheater and he cheated Bihar too. .. no one should support Lalu .. lt;br/gt;Bjp should be supported for the development of India.
  3. R
    Nov 5, 2016 at 8:31 am
    Nitish would be send off on a hot-air balloon of national politics to Delhi where he can dream his futile dream for being PM based on banning toddy...meanwhile in Bihar, lalu's sons would be the ones fighting for bigger share of the loot...
  4. S
    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:03 am
    I hope UP citizens will take maximum money from all Political parties who ever gifts them BUT SHOULD VOTE FOR A NON-CRIMINAL Party and teach a lesson to Goons.
  5. S
    Nov 5, 2016 at 8:59 am
    YES. Money Power can get .... Paid News aired, Published Circulated AND many more.
  6. X
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:04 am
    Lalu is an artist. He won 80 seats in Bihar. BJP picked up just 53 even though it won 32 seats in lok sabha. Here too in up he wants to do the same.
  7. S
    Sheik Mohamed
    Nov 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    This is nothing but an artificial drama enacted by Lalluji being close relative of MSY's clan.
  8. U
    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    HOW MANY PM Will/Would be Prime Minister IN This;br/gt;1) nITISHlt;br/gt;2) mULAYAMlt;br/gt;3) gOVDA lt;br/gt;4);br/gt;WHO YOU WILL VOTE.
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