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Shivpal praises Yogi, calls him hardworking 

Shivpal was talking to a section of media at his residence on Thursday when he said: "Yogi is doing well. He is honest and hard working. Let's watch him for six months." 

lucknow Updated: Jun 02, 2017 17:03 IST
HT Correspondent
The comment came two days after the SP held a statewide demonstration against the Yogi government over
The comment came two days after the SP held a statewide demonstration against the Yogi government over "deteriorating law and order” situation in UP.(HT Photo)

Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav who has been talking about forming the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, praised on Thursday chief minister Yogi Adityanath and called him "an honest and hardworking chief minister." The comment came two days after the SP held a statewide demonstration against the Yogi government over "deteriorating law and order." 

Shivpal was talking to a section of media at his residence here on Thursday when he said: "He is doing well. He is honest and hard working. Let's watch him for six months." 

Talking about the Morcha, he said the date for the formation of the morcha will be announced after finding an auspicious date. 

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Shivpal said though he was going ahead with the morcha, his top priority was reunion of the family. "Without family reuniting, the SP fortunes will dwindle further," he said adding, "Be it me, him (SP national president Akhilesh Yadav), or the one who sits in Delhi (Ramgopal Yadav), all are what they are because of Netaji (SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav). What's the existence of SP if Netaji stays sidelined.” 

Shivpal then said, "We will weave together the sidelined leaders and other like-minded parties in Samajwadi Secular Morcha and Netaji will be its president." In the same breath he said "Our effort through the morcha would be to bring the family closer again." 

Replying to a question, he said of course the Samajwadi Party would be a part of the morch. “Am I not Samajwadi Party, is Netaji not the Samajwadi Party." 

When asked if Amar Singh will be part of the front, Shivpal said: "Even before I had asked Amar Singh not to return to the party. I knew he won't get respect in the party. We will see if Amar Singh can be a part of the Morcha." 

Shivpal said once the morcha was founded, he would hold meetings all over the state and the first convention will be held in Lucknow. 

On family feud, Shivpal said: "Whatever has happened was because of gossiping and sycophancy. Otherwise, there's no feud in the family." Shivpal said he was ready to sit across the table to end differences within the family.