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Akhilesh Yadav welcomes ‘backstabber’ uncle Shivpal’s idea of secular front

Shivpal Yadav on Friday announced that he was breaking away from the Samajwadi Party and starting his own outfit headed by party patriarch and former CM Mulayam Singh Yadav.

YadavFamilyFeud Updated: May 05, 2017 17:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Akhilesh Yadav,Samajwadi Secular Morcha,Shivpal Yadav
Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference at party office in Lucknow on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File Photo )

Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday welcomed the idea of a secular front floated by his estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav, but also obliquely referred to him as a backstabber.

“Hum political log hain, aasteen ke saanp ko pehchan letey hain (we are political people and know how to identify a backstabber),” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister told ANI.

Earlier, responding to Shivpal’s announcement of a new Samajwadi Secular Morcha (front), Akhilesh said: “It is nice that a secular front is coming up. I do not have any idea yet in what form it will come up. Samajwadi people are always ready to take a test and they also pass those tests. Secular front should indeed come up.”

Akhilesh said this on the sidelines of a conference of the SP’s cultural cell at the party office in Lucknow on Friday afternoon.

First Published: May 05, 2017 17:37 IST