Shivpal Yadav in Delhi to explore ‘grand alliance’ for UP polls
Amid the ongoing crisis in Samajwadi Party government, Shivpal Yadav has arrived in New Delhi to invite leaders of several other political parties for a grand 25th anniversary of the SP in Lucknow next week, among them prominent Uttar Pradesh leader Ajit Singh and Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal United, reports NDTV.
It may be mentioned that the Samajwadi Party’s UP chief’s visit in Delhi comes a day after he invited “all followers of Lohia, Chaudhary Charan Singh and Gandhi to come together and fight communal forces.” Shivpal is expected to pursue putting together for the UP elections, a “Grand Alliance” on the lines of the one that fought and won the Bihar elections under Nitish Kumar’s stewardship last year.
In one of the steps taken by Mulayam Singh Yadav, the SP chief had pulled out of the Bihar alliance in what is widely seen as a political misstep, and his younger brother Shivpal has blamed Ram Gopal Yadav, their cousin, who was recently sacked from the party.
Shivpal Yadav said on Wednesday that he had brought parties together for that alliance in Bihar, but Ram Gopal Yadav – people no more in the party, he said – scuttled the plans. Eventually, Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal United, Lalu Yadav of the RJD and the Congress contested as partners, scoring a big win in Bihar.
The Samajwadi Party has been hit by a massive family feud that has placed Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh at opposite ends. Mulayam Singh now reportedly sees prudence in setting up an alliance that will help his party consolidate backward and minority votes in time to take on the BJP and Mayawati’s BSP in the UP elections, to be held early next year.
Ahead of his Delhi visit, Samajwadi Party president Shivpal Singh Yadav had expelled Tej Pratap Pandey, alias Pawan Pandey, Minister of State for Forest, from the party for manhandling an MLC Aashu Mallick and asked the CM to drop him from his cabinet but Akhilesh Yadav is yet to sack him.
Shivpal Yadav said that the decision to expel the Minister was taken by party’s national president Mulayam Singh Yadav.