UP elections 2017: Akhilesh vs Shivpal wide open on family turf

Akhilesh said he will not spare those who create differences between him and his father.

Written by Ishita Mishra | Mainpuri/etawah | Updated: February 17, 2017 11:02 am
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FOR THE first time, Akhilesh Yadav acknowledged the possibility of the Samajwadi Party family feud damaging his election prospects. At a rally in Mainpuri, the SP chief and UP chief minister said he is confident that his candidates will win the seats there, but added he is not sure about “those in the neighbourhood”. Adjoining Mainpuri is Etawah, Shivpal Yadav’s stronghold. “Humein Mainpuri par poora bharosa hai. Ye humare saath hai. Magar ab bagal waale kuch gadbad kar jayein, to mai keh nahi sakta (I have full faith in Mainpuri… but if those in the neighbourhood get up to something, I am not sure,” Akhilesh said in Karhal of Mainpuri.

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It was one of a six rallies he addressed in Mainpuri and Etawah. He campaigned for all four SP candidates in Mainpuri, and for two out of three in Etawah, the exception being his uncle Shivpal in Jaswantnagar. In Etawah, Akhilesh said, the SP’s fight in the district is with the SP itself. “People are trying to scare SP workers in Etawah. Many have become rich thanks the party and now they are using that money to campaign against the SP itself. People of Etawah must teach a lesson to such people,” he said.

Akhilesh said he will not spare those who create differences between him and his father. He has been betrayed by someone he had trusted, he said in Etawah Sadar. He alleged that he was getting complaints about “some people” trying to campaign against the party. “Humse humari hi cycle chheen li gayi. Wo to humare vidhayako ke karan wo hume wapis mil gayi. Ab aise log stage se netao ka ashirwaad paa rahe hain jinki koi auqat nahi thi. Na chunav ke baad rahegi,” Akhilesh said.

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In both Mainpuri and Etawah, Akhilesh said the party belongs to Netaji. “Today, there is no confusion and I have no grievances against anyone,” he said. Akhilesh also responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s jibe for “sitting on the lap of the Congress” one of whose leaders had allegedly attacked his father in 1984. “Modi ji ko agar mujhe Congress se naraz hi karna tha, to 1984 yaad karane ki kya zaroorat thi… Wo hume Firozabad hi yaad dila dete.” In Firozabad, current UP Congress chief Raj Babbar had defeated Akhilesh’s wife Dimple in 2009. “All those things are past, this is a fresh beginning,” Akhilesh said.

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    Piece Wise
    Feb 17, 2017 at 5:21 am
    Casteists and corrupt dynasts are doing everything they can to hoodwink UPites.
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      axkar
      Feb 17, 2017 at 4:16 am
      All the dynasty based political parties, SaPa, BaSaPa, KonGrest, are disintigrate the UNITY of the nation in the name of caste, religion, creed etc. Even they don't respect the father of Indian consution, which shows that they are very lazy, don't do hard work . For them its a njoyment but for the country its a national threat not only internal but also external. lt;br/gt;As a citizen of the country alteast we should adapt the work culture of honorable PM i.e discipline, no dirty talks, no drinking, no womans, only work and it leads to the development of an indivdiual. I think this is what our PM try to teach us.
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        axkar
        Feb 17, 2017 at 4:10 am
        we are very fortunate to have such PM which not only uphold his promise to save the honest but the w country which are infuse with bhedia (fox) like people take shelter in different corrupt parties .... lt;br/gt;The true indian cizen shall gets unite and eradicate the dynasty based politics bhai, bhatija, bhabi, bua , chaha
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          Mahender Goriganti
          Feb 17, 2017 at 1:46 am
          "Don't get distracted by Islamic Express lies to sell you this drama as real" .lt;br/gt;Watch out Hindustani (all non Sunni Muslims including Hindus and others pay attention to what is happening in Porkistan and all over Middle east; even the non sunni are not safe and slaughtered by Jihadi every day. As to Hindus (no matter what cast they are) they are Kafirs and is legitimate to kill them under Islamic laws. lt;br/gt;Think before you vote no matter what you belong to including non Sunni Muslims.
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            Mahender Goriganti
            Feb 17, 2017 at 8:55 pm
            Get rid of all cons and Khans. Hindustan in danger, no time to deal with family politcs when Hindustan is in danger and everyone is trying to sell it to Jihadist forces.
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              Singhdendu
              Feb 17, 2017 at 9:57 am
              Now don't claim Maharshstra to be the result of BJP's efforts. They have never been in power except from Oct 2014.
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                sikandar
                Feb 17, 2017 at 4:29 am
                The election in UP is turning point of development , whether they want to grow up like prosperous state like Gujarat, Maharashtra or being getting vitimised by dynasty politics from chacha, bhatija, bhaiya, bua, bibi, bhabi etc. These akilish govt is saviour of their own KUNBA not for other.lt;br/gt;Elect and follow the path of Shri Narendra Modi for development of own and state
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                  proud to
                  Feb 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm
                  I did thumps up because since 2014 BJP provided govt.which works/cares for the people and they recognizing by electing more and more BJP candidates
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