Shivpal Threatens to Launch Secular Front if Mulayam Not Given Reins of SP
Triggering a controversy once again, senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav on Wednesday threatened to form a new secular front if Akhilesh Yadav failed to hand over the reins of the party to supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
A file image of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav.
Etawah: Triggering a controversy once again, senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav on Wednesday threatened to form a new secular front if Akhilesh Yadav failed to hand over the reins of the party to supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"Akhilesh had promised to hand over the party to 'netaji' (Mulayam). He should now do so and we all will strengthen the SP. I had also given him three months' time. Otherwise, I will constitute a new secular front," PTIquoated shivpal Yadav as saying.
Shivpal had recently said he would soon launch a campaign to unite "samajwadis" (socialists) to bring them on a single platform.
The Samajwadi Party had witnessed a bitter feud between uncle Shivpal and nephew former chief minister Akhilesh in the run up to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.
The Samajwadi party contested the polls under Akhilesh's leadership but suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the BJP. Post the election defeat, uncle Shivpal held Akhilesh and Rahul's alliance responsible for a humiliating drubbing. Even before the elections, Shivpal had expressed defiance against the SP-Congress alliance.
After filing his nomination for the state polls in January, Shivpal had said he would form a new party after the election results are declared. But, subsequently he had said there was no such move.
(with inputs from PTI)
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