Lok Sabha elections 2019: Akhilesh accuses uncle Shivpal of colluding with BJP

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday accused his uncle Shivpal Yadav, without taking his name, of being in collusion with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Akhilesh, however, denied that he had expelled Shivpal from the party. He claimed his uncle had got him expelled from the party.

Akhilesh was addressing a rally in Makhanpur in support of Akshay Yadav, the sitting MP and son of SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav. Akshay faces his uncle Shivpal, who is contesting as a Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) candidate.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh also addressed the rally. All three parties have tied up in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections.

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“Conspiracies are being hatched against us and falsehood is being spread that we have expelled him (Shivpal) from the Samajwadi Party and have insulted him. It is totally false…” said Akhilesh.

“In fact, it was he (Shivpal) who convinced Neta ji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) to expel me and other party leaders (Ram Gopal Yadav),” he alleged, recalling the dispute in the family before the 2017 UP elections.

“There were meetings between him (Shivpal) and BJP on the sly, for which he was awarded by the UP chief minister with a bungalow… All this happened when we were thrown out of our house in Lucknow,” Akhilesh alleged. “So be aware of these people and vote for Akshay Yadav’s success.”

First Published:
Apr 20, 2019 23:53 IST

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