Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother and former minister Shivpal Yadav will float a new party by the end of September
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother and former minister Shivpal Yadav will float a new party by the end of September, CNN News18 reported on Tuesday. This may change the political dynamics of Uttar Pradesh and make the road ahead for Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav difficult.
The fissures within the erstwhile ruling party of Uttar Pradesh grabbed eyeballs during the run-up to the state Assembly elections this year as Akhilesh backed by Mulayam’s cousin Ramgopal Yadav engaged in a bitter feud with uncle Shivpal, who was vehemently supported by party patriarch Mulayam.
In May, Shivpal had said that he would form a new party which will be called ‘Samajwadi Secular Morcha’, ANI had reported. According to the report, SP veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav was to be chief of the new party. Shivpal had claimed that the new party would bring “real Samajwadis” together.
In the assembly elections, SP was trounced by BJP which received historic mandate, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-pitch campaign and some tactical masterstrokes by party chief Amit Shah. Despite SP faring poorly in the elections, Shivpal managed to retain the Jaswantnagar constituency.
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The Samajwadi Party’s infighting had made national headlines almost six months before the state elections. Contrary to his father’s will, Akhilesh forged an alliance with the Congress in the assembly elections that flopped badly. The party was able win only 54 out of the 403 constituencies.
The infighting continued even after the party’s debacle in the polls when Akhilesh went on to name Ram Govid Chowdhury as the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly instead of Shivpal. Many in the party blamed the power struggle between Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal as the reason behind Samajwadi Party’s dismal performance.
Mulayam, in an attack on Akhilesh, had commented, “the voters understood that “one who is not loyal to his father, cannot be loyal to anyone.”