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2022 Assembly Polls, Will work to bring uncle Shivpal along, will have tie-up: Akhilesh

Allegedly upset over his diminishing stature in the party, Shivpal had broken away and floated a new party altogether in 2018 and called it Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia.

By: PTI | Etawah |
Updated: November 4, 2021 3:29:54 am
Shivpal has also on several occasions expressed keenness to join hands with his nephew saying he has been waiting for his response. (File)

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said he will be working to join hands with his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav on the birthday of party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav later this month.
Akhilesh said he will give all respect to his uncle with whose party he will enter into an alliance for the upcoming elections.

Leaving for Saifai, his native village, to celebrate Diwali, he told mediapersons that “on Netaji’s birthday” the party “will work to bring uncle Shivpal Singh along.”

Former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s birthday is on November 22.

Akhilesh said, “We have full respect for him (Shivpal Singh) and we will have an alliance. To defeat the BJP in the Assembly elections in the state, we will have an alliance with the regional parties of the state and will work to bring small political parties together. Some parties have already come with us, one among them is Rajbharji’s party (SBSP led by Om Prakash Rajbhar). It is natural that my uncle also has a party and he will be given full respect and we will have an alliance with his party also.”
This is the first indication of a possible rapprochement in the first family of the Samajwadi Party since Shivpal’s leaving it in 2018.

Akhilesh said there will be an alliance with his uncle’s party and not a merger, when asked about the nature of their pact.

There was a falling out between the nephew and uncle in 2017.

Allegedly upset over his diminishing stature in the party, Shivpal had broken away and floated a new party altogether in 2018 and called it Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia.

The souring of their relationship was exacerbated with Akhilesh’s taking over the reins of the party in 2017.
Shivpal Yadav is an MLA from Jaswantnagar seat in Etawah.
The SP patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, is yet to talk about details of the proposed alliance and seat-sharing with his younger brother.

Shivpal has also on several occasions expressed keenness to join hands with his nephew saying he has been waiting for his response.

Samajwadi Party suffered big losses in the 2017 Assembly polls, slipping to 47 from 224 seats in 2012.
The family feud that began to show in 2016-17 has been attributed to be one of the causes of the party’s bad showing at the hustings. An old hand in politics, Shivpal, along with Mulayam, is considered to have played an important role in strengthening the Samajwadi Party since its early days.

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