Fis­sures in SP deepen, Aparna backs Shiv­pal

The Asian Age - - Nation - AMITA VERMA

The fis­sures in the Sa­ma­jwadi Party deep­ened fur­ther on Satur­day when Aparna Ya­dav, younger daugh­ter- in- law of Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav, shared the stage with Shiv­pal Ya­dav and urged the peo­ple to strengthen his newly- formed Sa­ma­jwadi Sec­u­lar Mor­cha.

Aparna Ya­dav, till now, had main­tained a safe dis­tance from the Akhilesh Ya­dav and Shiv­pal Ya­dav camp but she made her choice clear at a func­tion in Luc­know on Satur­day. Aparna Ya­dav had un­suc­cess­fully con­tested the Luc­know Cantt seat in the 2017 Assem­bly elec­tions as SP can­di­date.

“I am sure that the Sa­ma­jwadi Sec­u­lar Mor­cha will march ahead and I ap­peal to all to strengthen the Mor­cha,” she said while ad­dress­ing a func­tion which was or­gan­ised by Rashtriya Kran­tikari Sa­ma­jwadi Party, an­other off- shoot of the Sa­ma­jwadi Party.

She fur­ther said, “Af­ter Ne­taji ( Mu­layam), I re­spect Shiv­pal ji the most and I sin­cerely want that he moves to greater heights with the Mor­cha.”

Aparna Ya­dav’s state­ment on Satur­day has now cre­ated in­tense spec­u­la­tions in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles and in­di­cates that the in­fight­ing in the Ya­dav clan is far from over.

Two days ago, Aditya Ya­dav, son of Shiv­pal Ya­dav, had de­clared that the Mor­cha would field a ‘ strong can­di­date’ against Akhilesh Ya­dav in Kan­nauj and make sin­cere ef­forts to win.

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