After 'bua' Mayawati's support, Akhilesh Yadav earns 'chacha' Shivpal's praise

Shivpal Yadav, who was locked in a bitter power tussle with Akhilesh last year, praised the SP president after the Uttar Pradesh bypolls verdict, which saw the BJP losing both Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats.

By: | Updated: 15 Mar 2018 11:52 AM
After ‘bua’ Mayawati’s support, Akhilesh earns ‘chacha’ Shivpal’s praise

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav with senior leaders Kiranmoy Nanda and Azam Khan addresses a press conference after the by-election results, at the party headquarters in Lucknow on Wednesday. PTI Photo

LUCKNOW: Shivpal Yadav seems to have realised the popular support among the people of Uttar Pradesh for his nephew and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, against whom he had launched a tirade of attacks a few months ago.

Shivpal, who was locked in a bitter power tussle with Akhilesh last year, praised the SP president after the Uttar Pradesh bypolls verdict, which saw the BJP losing both Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats.

"Congratulations to the people of Phulpur and Gorakhpur parliamentary constituencies, the skilled leadership of the Samajwadi Party, its workers and the winning candidates on the historic victory of the SP," Shivpal said.

" I wish that this beautiful story written on the common ground of hard work and social justice will prove to be a milestone," the Jaswantnagar MLA said.



Shivpal was sacked from the post of SP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief in January last year by Akhilesh, who took the post under his helm. Akhilesh also sacked several Shivpal loyalists from top posts during previous SP government in Uttar Pradesh.



Last year, Akhilesh wrested control of the Samajwadi Party from his father Mulayam Singh Yadav during SP's national convention, in which he was elected as the national president of the party.

The SP family feud and Shivpal's opposition had cost the SP dearly in the assembly elections. He had also threatened openly to float a new front and contest against the SP candidates.

Now with the spectacular show of the SP in the UP bypolls and Akhilesh's proximity with arch-rival Mayawati bearing fruits, Shivpal chose to go with the flow and hailed Akhilesh's "skilled leadership" for SP's success against BJP.

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First Published: 15 Mar 2018 11:30 AM
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