UP Elections 2017: Sidelined, Shivpal Yadav May float New Party Once Polls Are Over

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The ongoing saga of the UP Elections 2017 today gained a new dimension as Shivpal Yadav, the uncle and bitter enemy of the CM Akhilesh Yadav has announced today that he will float a new party after the polls end and the results are announced on March 11. Shivpal Yadav is the brother of the founder of the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav. He has stated that this decision is due to repeat and uninitiated attacks by certain SP members. It is not known whether Mulayam himself will join the outfit.

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Shivpal Yadav is currently the UP chief of the Samajwadi Party. Yadav recently filed his nomination papers on the SP ticket for the seat of Jaswantnagar. He has stated that he will campaign on behalf of the candidates who have been denied tickets for the upcoming UP Elections 2017. Addressing a rally at Etawah, Yadav stated that he and Mulayam had formed and crafted the party, but it was being torn apart by certain elements.

At the same rally, Shivpal Yadav also reiterated his unstinted support to the party supremo, MulayamSingh Yadav. Shivpal has also stated that the party will decide on its alliance with the Congress only after the elections are over. The developments come in the backdrop of the ongoing feud and a running conflict between the factions led by CM Akhilesh Yadav and another led by Mulayam, the party patriarch.

On Sunday, Mulayam himself had stated that he would not campaign for the candidates propped up by Akhilesh Yadav who had issued them tickets as well. The alliance with the Congress party is also the brainchild of the UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and the VP of the Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi. The alliance is expected to compete against the electoral challenges from the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is looking to attract voters on the agenda of development while the BSP, led by Mayawati, is banking on the Muslim and Dalit voters. Akhilesh Yadav clarified on Monday that the party patriarch would campaign for his candidates.

The running feud between the two factions in the SP is expected to form a key element in the UP Elections 2017. Many analysts have stated that the rift could impact the votes gained by the SP. The two major competitors too have much to gain from this rift. It is in this context that the alliance was stitched; however, it now seems that not all is still well within the ruling party.

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