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#Politics: Shivpal takes dig at Akhilesh, says compromised on self-respect but got pain in return

"I tried to satisfy him by going down to the bottom point of self-respect!. Despite this, if I am what extent he must have inflicted pain on my heart!," said Shivpal Singh Yadav without taking anyone's name in his tweet.

By: PTI | Lucknow |
Updated: May 3, 2022 6:48:49 pm
Shivpal Singh Yadav with Akhilesh Yadav. (Express Archives)

In an apparent attack against Samajwadi Party chief and his nephew Akhilesh Yadav, sulking socialist leader Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday said he compromised on his self-respect to “satisfy” him but in return got only “pain”.

“We taught him how to walk and he went on trampling us,” the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSPL) chief said amid reports of a rift with his nephew.

“I tried to satisfy him by going down to the bottom point of self-respect!. Despite this, if I am angry…to what extent he must have inflicted pain on my heart!,” said the socialist leader without taking anyone’s name in his tweet.

Shivpal Singh Yadav had stitched an alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

Both leaders had parted ways ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls, after which Shivpal Singh Yadav formed his own party.

However, he contested this year’s Assembly polls on the symbol of the Samajwadi Party following reunion at the behest of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The differences between both leaders surfaced again when Shivpal Singh Yadav was not invited for a meeting of SP MLAs in March.

Feeling slighted, the senior socialist leader delayed taking oath as legislator.

After taking oath, Shivpal Yadav met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, triggering speculations of his possible crossover to the BJP.

The conjecture further got currency when he started following Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adityanath on their Twitter accounts.

Akhilesh Yadav has taken a swipe at his uncle on several occasions on reports of his growing proximity with the BJP.

On one occasion, he categorically said that those close to the BJP had no place in the Samajwadi Party, a clear-cut message to his uncle.

Adityanath thanks UP people for not using roads to celebrate festivals

With Uttar Pradesh peacefully celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, Akshay Tritiya and Parshuram Jayanti on Monday, Chief Minister on Tuesday praised the people of the state for “not organising” religious events on roads.

Chief Minister Adityanath praised the people shortly after Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar thanked UP’s religious leaders for peacefully celebrating the festivals.

Kumar thanked the leaders saying the state celebrated the festivals amid its “traditional Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb”, which would be on display in future festivals as well.

Chief Minister Adityanath took to Twitter to praise the people.

“Today, a number of religious events were successfully held in Uttar Pradesh. The people of the state have taken a good initiative by not organising them on roads,” he twitted in Hindi.

“For a healthy and harmonious society, it is necessary that along with respect for the faith, there should also be a rule of law. This will become the foundation for the development of the state and self-reliance of citizens,” Adityanath said.

ADG (Law and Order) Kumar earlier said Eid was peacefully celebrated in the state.

“The festival of Eid was celebrated peacefully and namaz was offered at around 32,000 places in the state. No untoward incident of any kind took place anywhere in the state, and people celebrated Eid with traditional fervour and gaiety,” Kumar said.

He also said Akshay Tritiya and Parshuram Jayanti too are being celebrated on Tuesday and the police force has been deployed for this in adequate numbers.

“Arrangements have been made so that no untoward incident takes place,” he said.

He also thanked religious leaders for their cooperation and said “with Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb, such participation will be seen in upcoming festivals” and they will be held peacefully.

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In Lucknow, under the directives of Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Piyush Mordia, officials along with the police force made regular rounds in the city and the Eid namaz at Eidgah in Aishbagh and Tiley Waale Masjid were held peacefully, he added.

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