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The 2022 assembly elections are still far away but with each party claiming it will fight alone, the work is clearly cut out for the Akhilesh-led SP. They have to become the alternative to the ruling BJP in the state.
In Firozabad, Shivpal is in contest with Ram Gopal Yadav's son Akshay, who is trying to save his seat that has traditionally been an SP stronghold.
While falling sugarcane prices posed a threat to the ruling BJP in the sugarcane belt of Uttar Pradesh which went to polls in the first phase, low prices of potatoes is a major concern for the saffron party in the second phase
"The SP-BSP alliance is 'bemel' (incongruous). The BSP supremo never respected socialists and committed atrocities against them. The decision to form this alliance was taken in self-interest and people will not accept it," Yadav said.
On SP-BSP alliance, Yadav recalled show the BSP had given "shocks to the SP" and formed government with the BJP on three occasions.
"This is not a 'gathbandhan' (alliance) between the SP and the BSP but a 'thagbandhan',” he said about the seat-sharing pact recently announced by the two parties for the Lok Sabha polls.
The Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief told PTI in an interview that after the party's formation he had traversed the state, covering almost all the districts, and the response was tremendous. "We are ready to contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats, if an alliance does not materialise," he said.
Shivpal Yadav also ruled out the possibility of tying up with the BJP, either in the Lok Sabha or assembly elections.
Shivpal has floated a new political front after claiming he felt "neglected" in Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party
Pandey demanded that Shivpal Yadav disclose details of his properties and business investments.
He did not name his estranged nephew and SP president Akhilesh Yadav during his address at the programme but said, "Now a days people only eye posts".
"We will be tying up with smaller parties and unite those neglected and humiliated and contest the polls with full strength. Without our support no government will be formed at the Centre," he told reporters in Baghpat.
Yadav had recently said he was "still waiting for some responsibility" to be assigned to him by the Samajwadi Party (SP) as he cannot remain "neglected"
Ruing that a rift in the party damaged its prospects in the recent Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Shivpal said, "Had there not been differences in the party, the SP would have formed its government and Akhilesh would have become the CM once again."
Starting with Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav and the new party president Akhilesh Yadav, everyone took part in the celebrations on Wednesday.
Fresh strains are palpable in the Samajwadi Party ahead of its state and national convention, with Mulayam yesterday dumping Akhilesh-loyalist Ram Gopal Yadav from the post of secretary of the Lohia Trust and appointing Shivpal Yadav in his place.
Shivpal, who has been at odds with nephew and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, however, made it clear that he was forming just a "front" and not a political party.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls this time witnessed a generation shift with many bigwigs including SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and Congress boss Sonia Gandhi missing the campaign trail in the first two phases.
Archana Shukla gets a ground report from Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Yadav's constituencies in Etawah district.
Sources said that Shivpal Yadav â€“ who led a bitter faction fight against Akhilesh â€“ may not be contesting in the assembly polls slated to begin on February 4. According to the compromise reached, Akhilesh will accommodate Shivpal‘s son Aditya Yadav in the final SP list.
Party insiders were tight-lipped on what transpired at the brief meeting Shivpal had with Chief Minister Akhilesh.
In a series of tweets, SP leader Shivpal Yadav said that on the orders of Mulayam Singh Yadav, the convention called on January 5 has been postponed for now.
Most notably, Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav did not feature in this list. Mulayam also announced the name of his brother Shivpal Yadav from Jaswant Nagar Assembly seat.
The contentious issue of ticket distribution today again exposed the rift in Samajwadi Party with state party chief Shivpal Yadav attacking Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over his reported parallel list of candidates.
The development comes a day after party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav made multiple attempts on Sunday to broker a truce between the two warring factions within the party.