While Yadavland — which includes Etawah and Mainpuri — went to vote in the third phase of the state Assembly elections on Sunday, it seems the chief minister had won his family’s confidence, including his stepmother Sadhna Yadav. The Yadav family feud that spilt into the public arena last year saw Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and father Mulayam Singh Yadav fight it out for the party supremacy. Party insiders and those close to the family in Etawah and Lucknow had then said Sadhna Yadav, aided by Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Singh, had emerged as a power centre in the family.
Eventually, the Election Commission appropriated the party symbol, the cycle, to the Akhilesh faction in January. First to arrive in the morning at the Safai voting booth, where the Yadav family members are voters, were Kanauj MP Dimple Yadav and husband Akhilesh. Then came SP patriarch Mulayam, who backed him. “The government has done a lot of development in UP. Akhilesh will be the CM,” said Mulayam.
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He also backed his brother Shivpal Singh from Jaswantnagar constituency. “Shivpal will win with a huge margin and will become a minister in the Akhilesh government. Let Modiji say that he has adopted UP but Samajwadi Party will win this time too.”
On Sunday, Akhilesh scored yet another victory with his stepmother, Mulayam’s second wife, Sadhna Yadav also backing him.
“Akhilesh aur Prateek, dono meri ankhein hain (Both Akhilesh and Prateek are my eyes),” said Sadhna, referring to her son Prateek. She came to vote with her daughter-in-law and Lucknow Cantonment candidate Aparna Yadav.
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“Akhilesh mera hi beta hai. Koi use sautela kehta hai to mujhe bahut bura lagta hai. Har ghar mein ladai hoti hai. Sulah bhi ho jati hai (Akhilesh is my own son. Anyone calling him my stepson hurts me. Every family sees their share of quarrels. These get resolved too),” she added.
She also hoped Akhilesh would win another term as chief minister.
Stones pelted at Shivpal Yadav
Unidentified persons pelted stones at Shivpal Singh’s motorcade on Sunday, while he was on his way back from Jaswantnagar. Shivpal alleged foul play and negligence on behalf of district administration.
Shameem Ahmad Khan, district magistrate of Etawah, confirmed th incident but said he did not receive a complaint. “Just few people were seen near booth numbers 88,89 and 90, in Jaswant Nagar. I asked them to disburse and they did. There was nothing like booth capturing at all,” he added.
In Mainpuri, a few men riding motorcyles fired shots outside Ganga Sahay College, which fell under Mainpuri Sadar constituency. Polling was disruputed for a some time due to this. An FIR has been lodged in Mainpuri city Kotwali police station. Yadavland saw 61 per cent polling till 5 pm.
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