Sulking Mulayam to campaign against Congress candidates
Mulayam had gone into a major sulk after the joint press conference by SP president Akhilesh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday.
Upset with son Akhilesh Yadav tying up with the Congress for an alliance to contest the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has asked his supporters to file their candidacy as independents in constituencies allotted to the Congress by the alliance.
Mulayam had gone into a major sulk after the joint press conference by SP president Akhilesh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday. He had announced that he will not campaign for the alliance. The change in stance comes after the SP veteran had announced that he will campaign for Akhilesh after a furious inner-party spat between Akhilesh and Mulayam’s brother Shivpal.
According to sources, Mulayam has decided to campaign against Congress for SP candidates who were denied tickets by Akhilesh.
The SP veteran is said to harbour fears that Rahul Gandhi may join hands with the BSP of Mayawati after the elections.
Voicing displeasure over the alliance, Mulayam on Sunday has asked his supporters “to raise an aggressive movement against” the party’s alliance with the Congress. He said the alliance was made against his wish and the SP was in a position to form the government on its own. “But Akhilesh Yadav has taken a wrong decision,” he said.