UP polls: Will campaign for SP-Congress alliance, says Mulayam
A few days earlier, Mulayam had publicly rebuked the alliance formed under the initiative of his son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav
In the latest turn of events in the political scenario of Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav has shockingly reversed his stand and said he will not just campaign for his party but also the Congress in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. A few days earlier, Mulayam had publicly rebuked the alliance formed under the initiative of his son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
"He is my son after all," the Yadav supremo said when he was asked whether Akhilesh had his blessings.
He also said that he wouls start campaigning for SP "after the 9th".
According to NDTV, when asked about whether he would campaign for the Congress, the SP patriarch replied with another question- "They are our ally so why won't I do it?"
The UP CM unveiled the party's manifesto on January 2 for the upcoming UP polls, where his father's absence was striking.
The same evening, Akhilesh Yadav posted on Facebook a photograph of his father holding up a copy of the manifesto. A day later the SP patriarch denounced the SP-Congress alliance announced by Akhilesh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and threatened that he would not campaign for it.
"The Samajwadi Party is completely capable of fighting elections alone. When we did that, we formed the government with a majority. So this was not needed. I am completely against this alliance, I won't campaign," Mulayam had said.
Akhilesh with the support of the majority of SP leaders was recognised by Election Commission of India as the leader of SP that Mulayam founded. The poll body decided that the 43-year-old UP CM had the rights to use the party name and symbol of the cycle.
The decision marked an escalation in the commotion inside SP in which Mulayam Singh, encouraged by his brother Shivpal Yadav, not allowing Akhilesh any important say in the party decisions like the selection candidates for the poll.
The UP Chief Minister then released his own list of candidates, which provoked the Mulayam faction to take the fight to the Election Commission.