Mulayam supports brother, Shivpal wants unity in family for polls

Combo picture of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh (left), along with brother Shivpal and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav.

Lucknow: Senior leader in Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party, Shivpal Singh Yadav today said family needs to remain united ahead of assembly elections next year.

Shivpal told the media after returning from New Delhi to Lucknow, admitted a major crisis in the Samajwadi Party and said, “Elections are around the corner. It’s best for the family and everyone else to stay united.”

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He said the Samajwadi Party’s aim was to win a majority in the Uttar Pradesh assembly and that party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s was the last word in party affairs.

Shivpal Yadav spoke two days after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav took away his plum portfolios, shortly after Shivpal Yadav replaced Akhilesh Yadav as the party chief in the state.

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He said, “Whatever Netaji (Mulayam Singh) decides has to be adhered by everyone in the party. No one can challenge his decision.”

Syhivpal further added, “Netaji has sent him (Akhilesh Yadav) as the Chief Minister and this is acceptable to me.”

Asked if the “outsider” being blamed for the party crisis was Rajya Sabha Samajwadi Party member Amar Singh, Shivpal Yadav said: “Our power will strengthen by uniting, not breaking.”

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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said his younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav will remain the Uttar Pradesh party president.

Mulayam, who will return to Lucknow on Thursday, said all would be well within the Samajwadi Party soon.


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