Samajwadi Party symbol, ‘cycle’.
UP Elections 2017: Estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav has made it to list of 191 candidates which were released earlier today by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for the upcoming UP assembly elections. The family feud did not get in the way of Shivpal Yadav in getting a ticket. The party is looking forward to contest over 300 out of UP’s 403 seats. The announcement about the party’s tie-up with Congress has not been made yet but is expected very soon. The party has also declared that there will be no alliance with Ajit Singh’s Rastriya Lok Dal (RLD).
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In the earlier list released by Mulayam Singh Yadav, most of the CM’s key aides were left out but the new one includes all including Atul Pradhan and Arvind Singh Gope. The inclusion of Shivpal Yadav indicates reconciliation between the father and the son. Arvind Singh Gop gets ticket in place of Beni Prasad Verma’s son Rakesh Verma, Naresh Agrawal’s son Nitin Agrawal gets ticket from Hardoi, Azam Khan’s son Abdullah Azam gets ticket from Suar (Rampur) and Hassan Rumi gets ticket from Kanpur Cantt in place of Atiq Ahmad.
Senior SP minister in an interview with the media said, “We’ll fight on 300+ seats, number of seats to be given to Congress is subject to adjustment & discussion let alliance happen”, “We plan to give 54 seats to Congress may give 25-30 more to them after discussion which is around 80 or so.”
SP Minister, Naresh Agrawal in an interview with ANI said, “CM Akhilesh Yadav is looking into details of Cong alliance, he’ll take final decision. By evening things might be clear.What Kiranmoy Nanda said abt Cong alliance is his personal opinion, Nationl President Akhilesh Yadav to take final decision.”
Earlier this week, the election commission recognised Akhilesh Yadav as the rightful President of Samajwadi Party and gave him the right to use the party symbol ‘cycle’ in the elections. The 43-year-old CM also has the support of four Lok Sabha members, 11 Rajya Sabha lawmakers, 31 members of the National Executive and 48 Members of the Legislative Council, said the Commission.