UP polls 2017: Shivpal Yadav invites Nitish Kumar, Sharad to SP's 25th anniv
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.
Amid the escalating rift inside Samajwadi Party and Yadav's family, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has sent party senior leader Shivpal Yadav in Delhi to invite 'like-minded' socialists for the party's 25th anniversary celebrations on November 5.
The move of the Samajwadi Party seems to be an attempt to stitch an alliance for the state Assembly polls which is due in next year.
According to a source close to Shivpal Yadav, the latter called up JD (U) leaders Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav and RLD supremo Ajit Singh after reaching Delhi to invite them for the function as part of bid to showcase an alliance on the occasion, reports PTI.
In view of the crisis in the government, a weakened SP is now looking for alliance to take on BJP and BSP.
Carrying an invitation from SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal met JD(U) leader K C Tyagi and invited his party leaders for the November 5 event in Lucknow.
Asked whether he would be inviting RJD and RLD leaders also for the celebrations, Yadav said, "As of now I am here to invite K C Tyagi". Asked whether he would be inviting Congress too, he said "only socialists" are being invited.
JD(U) and SP sources said the idea behind the invite is to stitch an alliance in Uttar Pradesh ahead of next year's assembly polls on the lines of Bihar, according to PTI.
An earlier attempt to stitch an alliance of like-minded parties had failed after SP had backed out. Shivpal was involved in roping in the various constituents of the new formation till Mulayam himself decided to walk out of the grand alliance months before the Bihar polls.
"I had tried to form an alliance earlier too, but (expelled party leader) Ram Gopal Yadav did not allow it to happen fearing CBI," Shivpal, who arrived in New Delhi, told reporters.
Asked whether he would attend the 'rath yatra' which Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav plans from November 3, he said though he is no more under the CM (after being sacked from the Cabinet), he would certainly attend if invited.
Responding to a poser, he said Akhilesh should respect his father Mulayam like a disciplined son.