APARNA SHARES STAGE WITH SHIV­PAL

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LUC­KNOW : Rebel Sa­ma­jwadi Party law­maker Shiv­pal Ya­dav, widely seen as grav­i­tat­ing to­wards the BJP af­ter fall­ing out with his nephew and party chief Akhilesh Ya­dav, shared the stage with his brother SP pa­tri­arch Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav’s daugh­ter-in-law Aparna Ya­dav at a func­tion in Luc­know. Shiv­pal was hailed as a ‘fu­ture UP CM’ in the pres­ence of lead­ers of 24 smaller par­ties at the func­tion. The buzz is that the BJP govern­ment is also re­view­ing se­cu­rity threat to Shiv­pal to up­grade his se­cu­rity to Z plus se­cu­rity cover cur­rently al­lot­ted to both Mu­layam and Akhilesh.

LUC­KNOW: Rebel Sa­ma­jwadi Party law­maker Shiv­pal Ya­dav, widely seen as grav­i­tat­ing to­wards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) af­ter fall­ing out with his nephew and party chief Akhilesh Ya­dav, shared the stage with his brother SP pa­tri­arch Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav’s daugh­ter-in-law Aparna Ya­dav at a func­tion in Luc­know.

Shiv­pal was hailed as a ‘fu­ture UP CM’ in the pres­ence of lead­ers of 24 smaller par­ties at the func­tion.

Aparna’s pres­ence with Shiv­pal, barely a day af­ter Mu­layam at­tended his func­tion in Luc­know, had every­one guess­ing for this was her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance with “chachaji” ever since Shiv­pal formed his Sa­ma­jwadi Sec­u­lar Mor­cha (SSM) on Au­gust 29.

Mu­layam’s daugh­ter-in-law made a brief but po­lit­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant state­ment at the func­tion, urg­ing that Shiv­pal’s mor­cha be strength­ened. She un­der­lined the fact that if there was any­one leader or fam­ily mem­ber in the Sa­ma­jwadi Party whom she had ut­most re­spect for af­ter Mu­layam it was “chachaji.”

“I would ap­peal to all to strengthen the Sec­u­lar Mor­cha,” she said.

On his part, Shiv­pal kept his ad­dress brief, stay­ing clear of mak­ing any named ref­er­ences but drop­ping loaded po­lit­i­cal words, like “bada nir­naiy (big de­ci­sion)” and “bada kaam (big work)”.

The func­tion marked the foun­da­tion day event of Rashtriya Kran­tikari Sa­ma­jwadi Party led by Gopal Rai and lead­ers of 24 smaller par­ties par­tic­i­pated in it.

The de­vel­op­ment came barely a day af­ter the BJP govern­ment in Ut­tar Pradesh al­lot­ted Shiv­pal the posh 6 Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri Marg bun­ga­low that was pre­vi­ously al­lot­ted to for­mer UP chief min­is­ter and BSP chief Mayawati.

The pala­tial bun­ga­low shares its bound­ary with Sa­ma­jwadi Yu­v­jan Sabha of­fice and Shiv­pal in­tends to use the bun­ga­low as the of­fice for his Sec­u­lar Mor­cha. Shiv­pal would take out a 70-kilo­me­tre road show from Etawah to Firoz­abad on Sun­day to es­tab­lish his Mor­cha in the Ya­dav belt. In the run up to 2019 LS polls, such road shows would in­crease, Mor­cha lead­ers said.

Cur­rently, Shiv­pal is only a MLA and the al­lot­ment of a bun­ga­low held by a for­mer chief min­is­ter and eyed by both se­nior lead­ers in the govern­ment and the op­po­si­tion, raised eye­brows in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles.

“I am se­nior politi­cian and there were in­tel­li­gence re­ports of a threat on me,” said Shiv­pal to jus­tify the al­lot­ment that is seen as the BJP’s re­ward to him for his de­ci­sion to float Mor­cha and field can­di­dates, a move that the BJP hopes would help it po­lit­i­cally by cut­ting into the SP’s OBC votes.

The buzz is that the BJP govern­ment is also re­view­ing se­cu­rity threat to Shiv­pal to up­grade his se­cu­rity to Z plus se­cu­rity cover cur­rently al­lot­ted to both Mu­layam and Akhilesh.

How­ever, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials in­clud­ing those in the se­cu­rity wing, weren’t will­ing to com­ment.

“It hasn’t come to us so far. Se­cu­rity re­views are done reg­u­larly for politi­cians. We will de­cide when it comes to us,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial of the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment.

Shiv­pal has de­clared that his Mor­cha will put up can­di­dates for 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions and has shown will­ing­ness to of­fer the Main­puri seat to his el­der brother and SP pa­tron Mu­layam, who has al­ready an­nounced his de­ci­sion to shift from Aza­m­garh to Main­puri in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Sa­ma­jwadi Party chief Akhilesh Ya­dav has con­firmed that Mu­layam will con­test from Main­puri on the SP ticket but Shiv­pal’s of­fer is be­ing viewed as an at­tempt to queer the pitch for Akhilesh.

Aparna evaded all queries on if Mu­layam or she would con­test from Shiv­pal’s mor­cha with a sig­nif­i­cant, “chachaji will de­cide” re­sponse.

Be­fore fly­ing abroad, Shiv­pal’s son Aditya had dared Akhilesh to con­test LS polls from Kan­nauj to make the grow­ing fam­ily feud that is spread­ing down to the younger Ya­davs, ap­par­ent.

HT

▪ Sa­ma­jwadi Sec­u­lar Mor­cha leader Shiv­pal Ya­dav with Aparna Ya­dav at a func­tion in Luc­know on Satur­day.

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