TO­GETHER AGAIN!

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Sa­ma­jwadi Party pa­tron Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav and party’s na­tional pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav came to­gether on a pub­lic plat­form af­ter a gap of 11 months, fol­low­ing the rift in the fam­ily, to pay trib­utes to party ide­o­logue Dr Ram Manohar Lo­hia on his death an­niver­sary.

LUC­KNOW: Sa­ma­jwadi Party pa­tri­arch Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav and party’s na­tional pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav shared a pub­lic plat­form af­ter a gap of 11 months fol­low­ing the rift in the fam­ily, at Ram Manohar Lo­hia Park in Luc­know on Thurs­day.

The fa­ther-son duo paid trib­ute to party ide­o­logue Ram Manohar Lo­hia on his death an­niver­sary. Akhilesh has met Mu­layam twice in the past fort­night. Their pub­lic ap­pear­ance has once again trig­gered spec­u­la­tion of a pos­si­ble rap­proche­ment in the Ya­dav fam­ily.

In­ci­den­tally, the fam­ily feud started around the same time in Oc­to­ber last year when the then chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav had sacked his un­cle and min­is­ter Shiv­pal Ya­dav from the govern­ment. Shiv­pal ac­com­pa­nied Mu­layam to Lo­hia Trust of­fice on Vikra­ma­ditya Marg but skipped the func­tion.

Akhilesh touched the feet of Mu­layam and both posed for the shut­ter­bugs in front of Lo­hia’s statue. Mu­layam drove in a golf cart with Akhilesh at Lo­hia Park and waved at ju­bi­lant party work­ers.

The duo chat­ted in between the

We have noth­ing to lose. We will gain. The peo­ple of the state are wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to vote SP back to power AKHILESH YA­DAV, SP pres­i­dent

slo­gan-shout­ing by party work­ers. Ad­dress­ing party work­ers, Akhilesh said dif­fer­ences were there in ev­ery fam­ily but only a few were sin­gled out.

He urged party work­ers to gear up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions. “We have noth­ing to lose. We will gain. The peo­ple of the state are wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to vote SP back to power,” he said. “We have to pre­pare for the 2022 as­sem­bly elec­tions too. This govern­ment is not car­ry­ing out any de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple have now seen through their false prom­ises,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to the ar­rest of party MLC in an old case on Wed­nes­day, Akhilesh said the SP work­ers were be­ing tar­geted by those in power as his party en­joyed a strong vote bank. Akhilesh said he had the bless­ings of his fa­ther.

He claimed that the projects ini­ti­ated by his govern­ment were be­ing re-launched by the BJP.

DEEPAK GUPTA/HT

HT PHOTO

Sa­ma­jwadi Party pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav pay­ing trib­utes to at Ram Manohar Lo­hia in Luc­know on Thurs­day.

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