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Mulayam To Head New Party As Shivpal Yadav Announces Split In Samajwadi Party

Published on 5 May, 2017 at 1:45 pm By

One of the biggest reasons for the defeat of Samajwadi Party (SP) in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections was infighting. Today, the final nail in the coffin was struck when party leader Shivpal Yadav announced a split.

 

An SP supporter waves a photo of Akhilesh Yadav and holds a toy cycle after the symbol was handed to the then CM. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

Before a gaggle of reporters at Etawah, Yadav announced the formation of Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM). He said that the new party will be headed by his brother and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.


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He said, “Very soon we will announce this front in order to bring back the lost honor of ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and bring together all socialists.”

The announcement was made after a meeting between Shivpal and his brother-in-law Ajant Singh. The senior Yadav was, however, not present in the meeting.


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It should be noted here that the infighting in the Yadav family just before the elections had created two camps – one loyal to former chief minister and Mulayam’s son Akhilesh Yadav and another loyal to the party founder.

 

The rift between Akhilesh and his father had come to the fore in late 2016 itself. Pramod Adhikari

Shivpal has always sided with his brother while chastising the former CM and Akhilesh’s uncle Ram Gopal Yadav, who was in camp Akhilesh.

Following a dispute just before the elections, the Election Commission had given the right to use the ‘cycle’ symbol to Akhilesh Yadav technically making him the in-charge of the party.

Founded by Mulayam Singh in 1992, the SP has been in power three times but completed the five-year full tenure only under Akhilesh.

But to Twitterati, the announcement offers its own set of laughs:


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