In flip-flop, Mulayam to campaign for Akhilesh
The SP leader’s volte-face comes a week after his displeasure over the SP-Congress alliance.
Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh on Monday said he would campaign for his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, from Tuesday, dismissing reports of dissension within his family.
Speaking outside Parliament, Mr. Singh said, “There is no bickering. Akhilesh will be the next Chief Minister. I will campaign [for the alliance] from tomorrow.”
Despite his brother Shivpal Yadav having announced that he would float a new party after the elections, Mr. Singh insisted that “No one is unhappy. He [Shivpal Yadav] has not spoken to me or anyone in the party. He may have spoken out of anger [plans for new party]. Now leave it — there will be no new party.”
The SP leader’s volte-face comes a week after his statement on January 29, voicing displeasure over the SP-Congress alliance for the Assembly elections, saying he would not campaign for it. The Samajwadi Party and the Congress have forged a pre-poll alliance in U.P., contesting 298 and 105 seats, respectively.
In Parliament, the SP ranks reflected the confusion.
On January 31, when President Pranab Mukherjee addressed both Houses of Parliament at the commencement of the Budget session, Mr. Yadav was seated far from his cousin and Rajya Sabha member, Ramgopal Yadav, who allied with Mr. Akhilesh Yadav to wrest control of the party.
On the day of presentation of the Budget, only Dimple Yadav, SP MP from Kannuaj and wife of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, was present in the House on behalf of the party.
Mr. Mulayam Singh’s nephews, Dharmendra and Akshay Yadav, did not attend the proceedings. However, Mr. Dharmendra Yadav represented the party at the all-party meeting called by the Speaker before the Budget session.
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