NEW DELHI: Because of being “attacked repeatedly” by members of his Samajwadi Party (SP), Shivpal Yadav, beloved brother of party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, will form a new party, but only on March 11, after the results of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls are declared.
As of now, there is no word about which party Mulayam will end up choosing. His son’s SP? Or his brothers new party?
“Netaji (Mulayam) and I have been attacked repeatedly. Many people have said they are what they are because of Netaji and those same people are today insulting him,” Shivpal said on January 31 referring to people within the SP doing the attacking.
Earlier, Shivpal filed his nomination papers for the UP state polls to be held next month. He did so as an SP member and under the party’s electoral symbol, which is a ‘cycle.’
This development has been in the making since September when the rift in the SP came to light. Ranged on one side of the SP divide were Mulayam and Shivpal and on the other side were Mulayam’s son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav.
After Akhilesh recently announced an electoral alliance with the Congress party, a furious Mulayam – who was against such a partnership – said two days ago that he wouldn’t campaign for the Congress.