1. Uttar Pradesh Elections: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh rebuffs feud rumours, says supports Akhilesh Yadav

Uttar Pradesh Elections: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh rebuffs feud rumours, says supports Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said he supported his son Akhilesh Yadav in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

By: | Published: February 6, 2017 2:01 PM
Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav (ANI) Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav (ANI)

Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said he supported his son Akhilesh Yadav in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Mulayam assertively told media that Akhilesh will continue to be the next Chief Minister of the state and that he will campaign for Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance from Tuesday. “Akhilesh Yadav will be next CM. There are no differences in the family, I will start campaigning from tomorrow”, he said. He rebuffed all rumours and made it cleared that Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh is not miffed either and that there are no differences in the party.

Earlier, Mulayam announced that first he would campaign for his younger brother Shivpal Yadav and then later he would go to seek votes for the candidates named by his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. This is despite the fact that Shivpal Yadav, after filing his nomination in Jaswantnagar last week, had announced he would form a new party after March 11 when election results are declared. Mulayam did not comment on that eventuality.

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The months-long feud within Samajwadi Party’s Yadav family has hit its prospects during elections, but analysts are also saying that the emergence of Akhilesh as a leader in his own rights will ensure people vote for the SP in large numbers. Opposition parties including the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been alleging that the family feud in the Yadav clan is a staged attempt to deflect people’s mind from lawlessness and corruption in the state. The Assembly polls in the state will be held in seven phases, starting from February 11.

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