Samajwadi Party rift widens, Mulayam Singh Yadav says, ‘If Akhilesh doesn’t listen, then I will fight against him’

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Updated: Jan 16, 2017 6:46 PM

He said that he will be happy with whatever symbol EC decides for their party. After a feud between Yadav and his son, Akhilesh Yadav, the EC, after hearing both the sides on Friday, had reserved its verdict on the issue.

Mulayam Singh Yadav (IE)Mulayam Singh Yadav (IE)

Just minutes before Election Commission’s decision on the demand for ‘cycle’ symbol for Samajwadi party for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on Monday, Mulayam Singh Yadav told media, he called his son three times but he was not even free for a minute. “Maine 3 baar Akhilesh ko bulaya par wo ek minute ke liye hi aaye aur meri baat shuru hone se pehle hi chale gaye.” He said that he will be happy with whatever symbol EC decides for their party. After a feud between Yadav and his son, Akhilesh Yadav, the EC, after hearing both the sides on Friday, had reserved its verdict on the issue.

SP’s face for years, Yadav on Monday said he will contest against his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh in the upcoming assembly polls. “If Akhilesh doesn’t listen then I will fight against him,” he said. SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have been asserting their respective claims over the party’s election symbol.

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Mulayam Singh Yadav said, “Akhilesh was against appointment of a Muslim DGP.” He said that Akhilesh is trying communal politics and is affecting SP’s Muslim vote bank. Yadav blamed his nephew Ram Gopal Yadav for the family feud and said he is misguiding his son. Ramgopal, Akhilesh’s aide in SP was removed from the party which angered Akhilesh and led to the feud. On the other hand, Akhilesh had differences with his uncle, Shivpal who was close to Yadav and he removed Shivpal’s nameplate from his residence in his absence.

Later, Yadav claiming to settle the feud, re-inducted Ramgopal. The feud has happened when Uttar Pradesh assembly elections are just around the corner. There is also a fight over what should be the party’s symbol for this election. Whereas cycle is backed by Akhilesh, the bicycle pump is back by Yadav.

 

 

 

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