As political parties gear up for the upcoming presidential elections, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the former head of Samajwadi Party, has assured NDA leaders of supporting them provided that their candidate is acceptable to all.
Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, and Information and Broadcasting Minister, Venkaiah Naidu, met Mulayam Singh on Friday. In the meeting, the latter assured the BJP leaders of extending his support to them for the presidential polls.
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav also convinced the two senior party leaders about his reluctance to support Congress.
However, as per reports by Deccan Herald, Samajwadi Party President, Akhilesh Yadav, is clear about not supporting an NDA candidate. Instead, he plans to provide backing to the opposition candidate in the contest.
Claiming that the entire party leadership is of the same opinion as him, Akhilesh Yadav refused to comment on Mulayam Singh’s decision to back the NDA. However, he hinted that party leadership will try to convince his father to back opposition candidate.
Akhilesh had formed an alliance with Congress for Uttar Pradesh elections earlier this year, though they together could not be victorious. He has also recently hinted that the alliance between the two would continue.
According to other leaders of the party, there could be another face-off between Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav over this issue. There have been several differences between the two in the past over issuing tickets for the state elections and over claims on the SP’s “cycle” symbol.
The efforts of other party leaders to have the father and son duo unite have not succeeded so far. Now what remains to be seen in the upcoming elections for the highest office in the country is whether the two will support opposing contestants or the harmony between them will be restored.