The infighting in the Yadav family in Uttar Pradesh is out in the open again. Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav on Saturday openly sided with his brother Shivpal Yadav. Aparna sought cooperation from all parties for 'chacha' Shivpal's Samajwadi Secular Morcha and declared her support for the party.
Aparna shared the dais with Shivpal at an event in Lucknow. "We had called for a meeting of 24 political parties. If everyone comes together, we will all become one force. We should come together to emerge as a combined stronger force. I want this Samajwadi Secular Morcha to grow stronger," she said. She also added that she had always respected Shivpal Yadav and will work towards building the party.
Aparna is married to Prateek, son of Mulayam's second wife Sadhna Gupta. She has often given statements against the official stand of the Samajwadi Party and its president Akhilesh Yadav.
On being sidelined by Akhilesh, Shivpal had quit the Samajwadi Party in August this year and launched the Samajwadi Secular Morcha. While Akhilesh and Shivpal have often spoken publicly against each other, Mulayam does not seem to be keen on burning any bridges. Mulayam had last week shared the stage with Shivpal at a public function with his brother Shivpal.
Shivpal had later said that he had the "blessings" of his elder brother. "It is our responsibility to carry forward Ram Manohar Lohia's legacy. If Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) is with us, we will usher in a new revolution in the country," he said.
He had said that expansion efforts are underway for his newly-formed outfit adding that the party was ready to contest all the 80 parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 elections. However, he said that the party will not contest from Mainpuri where Mulayam Singh Yadav will be in the fray.
The Yadav family had seen a public fallout when Akhilesh had removed Shivpal from the post of Samajwadi Party Uttar Pradesh president soon after assuming charge as the party's national president.