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Mulayam Approves SP-Cong Alliance, Will Campaign from Tuesday

Samajwadi Party, which recently celebrated its silver jubilee, has been in the news for two months now after a bitter family feud saw Akhilesh pitted against Mulayam and Shivpal. After a series of expulsions and counter expulsions, Akhilesh managed to capture the party lock, stock and barrel after the Election Commission gave its stamp of approval to the Akhilesh faction that enjoyed brute majority both in the legilstaive party and the party organisation.

Maha Siddiqui | CNN-News18

Updated:February 6, 2017, 6:44 PM IST
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Mulayam Approves SP-Cong Alliance, Will Campaign from Tuesday
A file image of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has dispelled rumours that he is upset with his party’s alliance with Congress and said he will start campaigning the alliance in Uttar Pradesh from Tuesday.

“I am confident the alliance will win UP assembly polls. Akhilesh will be the chief minister if the alliance wins,” he told reporters in Parliament on Monday.

Mulayam also brushed aside statements by his brother Shivpal Yadav that he will breakaway from SP and form a new party.

“How will he form a new party? He must have said that in anger,” Mulayam said.

Lucknow has been agog with rumours for a while that Mulayam is against the SP-Congress alliance brokered by his son and CM Akhilesh. There were reports that Mulayam may even in fact join the Lok Dal and campaign against the alliance.

Samajwadi Party, which recently celebrated its silver jubilee, has been in the news for two months now after a bitter family feud saw Akhilesh pitted against Mulayam and Shivpal. After a series of expulsions and counter expulsions, Akhilesh managed to capture the party lock, stock and barrel after the Election Commission gave its stamp of approval to the Akhilesh faction that enjoyed brute majority both in the legilstaive party and the party organisation.

After taking complete control of the party, Akhilesh had announced the alliance with Congress, which was once its arch-rival.

Mulayam was against the alliance, but his latest statements indicate he is fully on board.

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