The family feud that took off in the Samajwadi Party before the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections between Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav does not seem to be coming to an end with the 2022 Uttar Pradesh polls around the corner. The two will be embarking on separate yatras (campaign processions) across the state from today (October 12).
According to News 18, Shivpal allegedly approached his nephew for an alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) but Akhilesh did not respond in the given time frame.
Earlier, Akhilesh met his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in Delhi to take his blessings before embarking on the Samajwadi Vijay Yatra. He will start his ambitious campaign from Kanpur and will travel to Hamirpur and Jalaun in the first phase on October 12-13.
The party has issued directions that only SP cadres of the concerned district should attend the campaign by Akhilesh and no worker from outside should come.
Running down the history, the Rath Yatra is considered to be a lucky charm by the Samajwadi Party as Akhilesh Yadav has gone on one, his party has formed the government in the state.
Decorated with pictures of party patriarch and former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, party MP from Rampur Azam Khan, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, and party state president Naresh Uttam Patel, and embossed with the slogan ‘Bado Ka Hath Yuva Ka Sath’ (the older generation blesses the new), the bus that will be ferrying Akhilesh was put out for a media viewing on Saturday at the party office in Lucknow.
Meanwhile, a bus with a picture of the SP chief and slogan ‘Kisan, Gareeb, Mahila, Yuva, Karobari, Sabki Ek Awaz Hai, Hum Samajwadi’ (farmers, the poor, women, the youth, traders, everyone says in one voice, we are Samajwadis) also awaits.
Shivpal will commence a Samajik Parivartan Yatra from Tuesday. While both nephew and uncle are starting their respective journeys at the same time, it was Shivpal who had announced his yatra first.