Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav termed SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s remarks as an “irresponsible and childish statement” on why the BJP was delaying his inclusion. He said that if Akhilesh wanted him to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he should be thrown out of the party.
Shivpal Yadav said, “This is an irresponsible and childish statement. I am one of the 111 SP MLAs who won the recent assembly elections. If they want to send me to BJP, throw me out of the party.” Shivpal had won from Jaswantnagar in the assembly elections held on SP ticket.
The dispute between Shivpal and Akhilesh is going on for years. The senior SP leader had also formed his own party, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party. However, ahead of the assembly elections, Shivpal rejoined the SP on the call of Akhilesh Yadav, who was demanding the removal of the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government. But in this election BJP won by huge margin.
The rift between Shivpal and Akhilesh once again came to the fore soon after the first meeting of the SP leaders after losing the election. Akhilesh Yadav called a meeting, in which he was declared the leader of the party, but Shivpal Yadav was not invited to the meeting. He was not happy with this and said that despite being an MLA, he was not invited to the party meeting.
Shivpal said that he waited for two days and canceled all his programs for that meeting, but was not invited. “I am a Samajwadi Party MLA, but still not invited. I will return to Etawah.
Since then there were speculations that he might join the BJP. Last month, Shivpal met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, prompting speculation that he might quit the SP.
Against this background, Akhilesh asked why the BJP was delaying its move to include his uncle. He has said it before. But Shivpal has been saying till now that if Akhilesh wants him to join BJP then he should be thrown out of SP.
Earlier speaking to reporters, the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party chief said that as of now, no decision has been taken on joining the BJP. He said, “When the right time comes, I will definitely tell everyone about it.”
first published:April 28, 2022, 8:12 a.m.