Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday met his uncle and Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) chief Shivpal Yadav at the latter’s residence in Lucknow and finally announced an alliance ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh polls – thus ending the five-year-old differences in the family.
The SP chief reached Shivpal’s residence in the evening and held a closed-door meeting, which lasted for about 40 minutes. As per sources, apart from Shivpal and Akhilesh, the former’s son, Aditya Yadav, was also present at the crucial meeting.
Following the meeting, Akhilesh tweeted and confirmed the alliance between SP and PSPL. “Met the PSPL chief and confirmed our alliance. The strategy of alliance with smaller parties is strengthening SP and is taking SP along with alliance parties towards a historic win,” wrote Akhilesh. The decision of seat-sharing, however, has not yet been announced by either of the leaders.
प्रसपा के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष जी से मुलाक़ात हुई और गठबंधन की बात तय हुई।क्षेत्रीय दलों को साथ लेने की नीति सपा को निरंतर मजबूत कर रही है और सपा और अन्य सहयोगियों को ऐतिहासिक जीत की ओर ले जा रही है। #बाइस_में_बाइसिकल pic.twitter.com/x3k5wWX09A
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) December 16, 2021
The SP chief has earlier also said that his uncle’s party will get due respect when his party will forge an alliance. All eyes will now be on the seat-sharing arrangement between the two.
The differences between Akhilesh and his uncle began in 2016 when Akhilesh took over as the SP national president while sidelining his uncle Shivpal. Following this, Shivpal had formed a breakaway group of his own and later went to form his own political party, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia.
Shivpal, however, failed to leave any mark in the 2017 state assembly polls and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
With inputs from News18