Taking all by surprise, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh on Sunday attended a rally of party rebel and brother Shivpal Yadav, who recently floated his own Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM). Shivpal’s party had remained silent about Mulayam’s participation in the ‘Janakrosh’ rally at Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow.
However, the former SP chief left minutes after the arrival of Aparna Yadav - his younger daughter-in-law. Mulayam’s presence came as a surprise also because he had decided to skip the birthday even organised by Shivpal for him in Saifai.
Mulayam, who sported a red cap which is associated with the SP and red-yellow-green scarf of Shivpal’s party, appeared to be the last connecting wire between the two divided factions of the Yadav family, which recently witnessed a protracted family feud.
Lucknow: Mulayam Singh Yadav at the rally of younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav's party Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia). pic.twitter.com/qAcoBXT7zP— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 9, 2018
Shivpal had differences with Mulayam’s son and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav for the control of the party. The uncle-nephew fight resulted in a breakup with Shivpal putting end to his decades-long journey with the Samajwadi party. Akhilesh also took over the SP and replaced his father as the new party chief.
In August this year, Shivpal floated his Samajwadi Secular Morcha and registered his new political Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia). The ‘Janakrosh’ rally was aimed to target the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP.