Estranged SP leader Shivpal Yadav to float new party

Shivpal Yadav, who filed his nomination papers on Samajwadi Party ticket for Jaswantnagar, is close to Akhilesh's father, former UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Elections will be held in the state in seven phases from February 11 till March 8.

To a question about the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and its leader Mayawati, Mr. Gandhi said, "I respect Mayawatiji personally and Kanshi Ramji. Krishna's candid observation that those holding the reins today in the party have "badly bruised" his self-respect and honour" is the outcry of a disappointed politician who served the party for all of 46 years.

He is planning to form a new political party after the elections. Shivpal Yadav is the brother of the founder of the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Shivpal was sidelined after a very public feud over control of the party between Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav where Akhilesh got the upper hand. Shivpal threatened to float a new political outfit after March 11, when the election results would be declared.

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"Several candidates who are true Samajwadi (socialist) are forced to contest independently as their names were eliminated from the list of those getting tickets". Akhilesh Yadav clarified on Monday that the party patriarch would campaign for his candidates. On Sunday, Mulayam slammed the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress and said that his aprty was capable enough to contest and win elections alone and there was no need for the alliance.

"Ministers who did not work and ministers who indulged in land grabbing and corruption are still continuing in the government but I was sacked even though there was no charge against me".

Asked about the performance of Mr. Yadav's government so far, Mr. Gandhi said the Chief Minister had honest intentions and had worked hard for the development of the state.

He also did not agree with the alliance that the SP made with the Congress. "Since that day, Netaji and I are being targeted", he said.

  • Megan Austin