Senior leaders across different political parties have reached Lucknow to attend the silver jubilee celebrations of the Samajwadi Party on Saturday. RJD supremo and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Prime Minister HD Deva Gowda and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav are among those who have reached the venue.
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will be present on the stage with father and party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav in a show of strength and unity for the first time in the last three days.
The Samajwadi Party witnessed infighting among it’s own leaders recently after Akhilesh Yadav removed uncle Shivpal from his cabinet following which senior leader Ram Gopal Yadav was sacked from the party by Mulayam. Ram Gopal was seen as a close confidante of Akhilesh.
Lalu Yadav, who reached Lucknow on Friday for the event, told the media that they will drag out BJP from Uttar Pradesh like they did in Bihar. Meanwhile, Sharad Yadav said that there was no plan to form a ‘grand alliance’ in UP yet. Uttar Pradesh will go to polls next year.