Samajwadi Party war: Is Shivpal Yadav forming a new party?

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Lucknow, Feb 13: The saga of Samajwadi Party feud in Uttar Pradesh is yet to be over. Even as the election season has kick-started in India's largest state, the infighting in the ruling party is underway in full swing.

Several reports suggest that SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal is likely to form a new party after the assembly polls. However, Shivpal has denied such reports. "Koi nayi party nahi (We are not forming any new party)," Shivpal told reporters on Monday.

Mulayam Shivpal

The rumours of formation of a new party by 'disgruntled' Mulayam and Shivpal got further credence as the SP patriarch has recently campaigned against his son and chief minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav. In an election rally recently, Mulayam said that he was unhappy with the newly formed SP-Congress alliance in the state.

Reports indicate Mulayam and Shivpal are waiting for the assembly elections to get over to come up with a new party. The feud between the father and son ended after the Election Commission gave its verdict in favour of Akhilesh, giving him the ownership of the party, formed by Mulayam 25 years ago.

Recently, Mulayam addressed his first rally in Etawah, UP, where he sought votes for brother Shivpal, saying the election is important for both of them. "Youth are the real strength of the SP and maximum number of youth are with the SP and so our party never ages...," Mulayam said, adding though unemployment was a national problem, maximum jobs have been given in UP and those who had not got jobs were given allowance.

"Earlier people used to mock our manifesto, but we fulfilled all our promises...we made laws to see that farmers' land was not auctioned because of debt and they will not have to pay lagaan (revenue)," he added.

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