Saturday was a very unfortunate day for the Samajwadi Party as it was swept away in the state by BJP. The Bharatiya Janata Party won a record 325 seats in the state while Samajwadi Party ended with only 54 seats despite going into an alliance with another major national party Congress. It was a major decrease since the previous assembly elections in 2012 where the party had won a massive 224 seats.
While most Samajwadi Party leaders were having a bad day in the office, there was one man who stood tall. Shivpal Singh Yadav, younger brother of Samajwadi Party party leader and statesman Mulayam Singh Yadav who was outcasted before the elections defeated BJP’s Manish Yadav Patre from his constituency. The 61-year-old SP veteran won from Jaswantnagar by a margin of 52,616 votes. Even though this figure went down from 2012 where Shivpal Yadav won 1,33,563 votes and his margin stood at 81,084, he was one of the bright points for the party.
Watch Shivpal Yadav’s message to people:
हम फिर लड़कर जीतेंगे। pic.twitter.com/aYlewGIQPf
— Shivpal Singh Yadav (@shivpalsinghyad) March 12, 2017
Now, he has come out and vowed to fight back in the state. Shivpal Singh posted a video on Twitter on Sunday morning where he used a poem in Amitabh Bachchan’s voice and released a message on party’s behalf. The video was posted minutes after his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav said that arrogance within the party was a reason for the loss.
Going into these elections, Shivpal had a bizarre time as was sacked from Akhilesh Yadav’s cabinet. Interestingly, he was holding nine portfolios in the government before that but found himself in the centre of a family drama where Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav came against each other in an ugly dispute. Back then, even the position of Mulayam Singh Yadav who is the founder of the party was under question but even then he backed his son, Akhilesh to win.