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Will form a secular front within three months, says Shivpal

Without naming anyone, Shivpal called a senior party leader ‘Shakuni’ and advised him to read the Bhagvad Gita.

lucknow Updated: May 05, 2017 14:18 IST
HT Correspondent
Shivpal cautioned the “Samajwadi people” to mend their ways or he would float a secular front.
Shivpal cautioned the “Samajwadi people” to mend their ways or he would float a secular front.(HT File Photo)

Indicating that the feud within the SP’s first family was far from over, senior party leader Shivpal Yadav said on Tuesday night that he would form a secular front within three months.

Staging a seven-hour long dharna at Vaidpura police station in Etawah after the police beat up a bus driver Sudhir Yadav and ransacked his house, Shivpal said he would form a secular front to protest atrocities on innocent people.

Shivpal cautioned the “Samajwadi people” to mend their ways or he would float a secular front.

Hundreds of villagers gathered at the spot with their complaints giving a tough time to the police. Shivpal, SP MLA from Jaswantnagar, demanded a thorough probe into the incident and called for action against the policemen involved in the case.

Without naming anyone, Shivpal called a senior party leader ‘Shakuni’ and advised him to read the Bhagvad Gita.

“It doesn’t matter if I have gone through the party’s constitution or not but the ‘Shakuni’ and the one who has written the party’s constitution should read the Bhagvad Gita at least,” Shivpal told reporters.

The jibe was purportedly in response to the recent statement by his cousin and senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav who said Shivpal had no knowledge of the party’s constitution.

Shivpal had earlier demanded that the post of SP president be handed over to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

“Many officials have ganged up against me and are concocting bills in the ministries that I held,” he said.

“White-collared people first beat up innocent men and then unleash police after them. It is happening across Etawah. I fought such people when SP government was in power. Now it has begun in this regime too,” he said.

“People are being framed in fake cases and officers are working against the orders of the chief minister (Yogi Adityanath). I know he is a man of strong will. I will meet him and apprise him of the ground situation,” Shivpal said.

He called off the demonstration after midnight following assurances from the police officer.