Will field Mu­layam as LS can­di­date of my out­fit: Shiv­pal

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - HT Correspondent

LUC­KNOW: Rebel Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) leader Shiv­pal Ya­dav on Satur­day said he will field his el­der brother and SP Pa­tri­arch Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav as the can­di­date of his Sa­ma­jwadi Sec­u­lar Mor­cha (SSM) for the Main­puri Lok Sabha seat in the 2019 elec­tions.

Shiv­pal’s an­nounce­ment comes against the back­drop of SP chief Akhilesh Ya­dav hint­ing on sev­eral oc­ca­sions that Mu­layam would con­test the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions on an SP ticket. Shiv­pal and Akhilesh have been en­gaged in a bit­ter fam­ily feud for over two years now. “If ne­taji (Mu­layam) agrees, then he will be made the na­tional pres­i­dent of the mor­cha,” Shiv­pal said.

Shiv­pal, who floated the SSM last month, said the pro­posed al­liance be­tween the Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) and the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha polls should in­clude his out­fit too.

“The mor­cha can win 20 to 30 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. If the (SP-BSP) al­liance does not in­clude the mor­cha, it (mor­cha) will con­test on all 80 seats in UP,” Shiv­pal said to me­dia at his Luc­know house.

Shiv­pal also said he will soon ap­ply to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia (ECI) to reg­is­ter a new party, its name, flag, and seek an elec­tion sym­bol.

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