1. Samajwadi Party splits, Shivpal Yadav announces new front

Samajwadi Party splits, Shivpal Yadav announces new front

The feud within the Yadav clan took another ugly turn with former Uttar Pradesh minister and Akhilesh Yadav's uncle, Shivpal Yadav confirming on Friday that he was breaking away from the party.

By: | Lucknow | Published: May 6, 2017 2:31 AM
Shivpal Yadav announced that he will launch his own outfit, the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, which would be headed by his brother, Mulayam Singh Yadav. (ANI)

Barely a month after the Samajwadi Party suffered a humiliating defeat in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the feud within the Yadav clan took another ugly turn with former Uttar Pradesh minister and Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle, Shivpal Yadav confirming on Friday that he was breaking away from the party. Shivpal announced that he will launch his own outfit, the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, which would be headed by his brother, Mulayam Singh Yadav.

A day after Shivpal triggered a fresh controversy by accusing nephew and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav of not handing over the reigns of the party to his father Mulayam, Shivpal said on Friday that the veteran politician will head the secular front to be formed to ensure social justice.

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yam had founded the Samajwadi Party in 1992 and the past year had seen some intense and ugly infighting within the Yadav family, with former UP chief minister Akhilesh trying to wrest control of the party from his father. The rift in the party reached a culmination with Mulayam first expelling his son from the party and later lifting the expulsion. Following this, Akhilesh took over as the national president of the party in place of his father.

“Neta ji ko unka sammaan vapas dilane, aur Samajawadiyon ko ek saath laane ke liye is morche ka jald hi ailaan hoga (To return the respect due to Netaji, and to bring the real Samajwadis together, we will soon announce this front),” Shivpal said in Etawah.

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