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Mulayam Singh Yadav celebrates 79th birthday, showers blessings on Akhilesh

Mulayam Singh Yadav also cut a cake on the occasion and offered the first slice to his son Akhilesh.

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Samajwadi founder Mulayam Singh Yadav celebrated his 79th birthday in presence of party president and his son Akhilesh yadav and other leaders at SP head office in Lucknow on Wednesday. “I have given my blessing to Akhilesh and will continue to do so. This is an issue of discussion in the country that I blessed Akhilesh. I want to say he is my son and is also in politics,” Mulayam said. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Mulayam also cut a cake on the occasion and offered the first slice to his son. Mulayam has not been on good terms with Akhilesh since he ousted him from the post of the party national president in January. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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The father and son shared the dais in the party headquarters after a long spell, as workers gathered to wish the SP founder on his 79th birthday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Mulayam Singh Yadav said, “Akhilesh is a son first and leader later.” (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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As Mulayam walked to the dais, he was greeted by party leaders, with Akhilesh touching his feet and welcoming him with a shawl. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Mulayam Singh Yadav conveyed his message of unity to the SP, which has seen a group led by his supporters rise against party president Akhilesh, as songs hailing the veteran leader –such as Jai Jai Jai Mulayam” and “Man se Mulayam, Iradey Loha hain” — played in the background. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Mulayam loyalist and Akhilesh’s uncle Shivpal Yadav did not attend the celebrations. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Other supporters, including SP MLA Ashu Malik and Narad Rai, who joined the BSP during the Assembly polls, accompanied the patriarch. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Giving lessons of “samajwad” (socialism) to the workers, Mulayam held them responsible for the party’s poor show in the Assembly elections, in which the party won only 47 of the 403 seats. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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“You should all read Lohiaji. Our party always fought for the cause of women and discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and region,” Mulayam told party workers. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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“What is ‘samajwad’,” Mulayam Singh Yadav asked the workers and told them it was about “equality” and “happiness” and advised the cadre to connect with the masses. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Claiming that the BJP won the Lok Sabha polls with “false promises”, including the claim that it would give Rs 15 lakh to everyone, Mulayam said the saffron party must ensure that its pledges were fulfilled. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)