As it happened: JD(U), RJD attend SP’s silver jubilee celebrations
The Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee celebrations began in Lucknow on Saturday amid scenes of bonhomie.
Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee function witnessed grand attendance of the Janata family with RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, former prime minister and JDS leader HD Deve Gowda and JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav attending the event on Saturday.
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yaday took swipes at each other at the event.
“How many times will you humiliate me? You removed me twice but I have also struggled,” said Shivpal at party celebrations that began at the sprawling Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow.
Akhilesh hit back by saying: “Some people are not willing to understand. When everything (Samajwadi Party) will get destroyed, then they will understand.”
Speaking at the event, Sharad Yadav said “Janata Dal has always taken part in Samajwadi movements, we have been invited to attend the Silver Jubilee function. We used to belong to one party, so we have had old ties, that is why we came here.”
RJD leader Mulayam Singh Yadav said the bJP government was stifling democracy and there was an urgent need to oust it.
The ruling Samajwadi Party is celebrating 25th anniversary of its founding day in Lucknow .
The event is being seen as yet another show of strength in SP’s first family.
Below are the highlights :
2:40pm: Samajwadi Prty will not allow anyone to do injustice: Mulayam Singh Yadav
2:35pm: UP govt has done a lot of good work but a lot more needs to be done, says Mulayam
2:25pm: Samajwadi Party will empower women: Mulayam
2:19pm: We will remain united to beat communal forces, says Mulayam Singh Yadav
2:10pm: SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav addresses crowds, says Samajwadi Party is for the poor
2:00pm: Sharad Yadav calls for removal of BJP govt from Centre in 2019, says ban on NDTV reminds of emergency days
1:55pm: Challenges are overcome by unity, says JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav while addressing the gathering
1:47pm: There is no rift in Samajwadi Party: Lalu Prasad
1:45pm: BJP govt is stifling democracy: Lalu Prasad Yadav
1:41pm: Lalu hits out at PM, asks what is the use of a 56 inch chest when you can’t control the situation in Jammu and Kashmir
1:38pm: RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav arrives on stage, calls Akhilesh Yadav the next chief minister of UP
1:36pm: UP chief minister takes dig at Shivpal, says you gave me word, don’t want me to use it
1:35pm: : Akhilesh says is ready for any test to prove loyalty
1:31pm: BJP govt is dividing people. Our aim is to defeat BJP, BSP: Akhilesh
1:30pm:Next year’s elections will decide the fate of the country: Akhilesh Yadav
1:25pm: I congratulate Netaji for raising this party and making it sturdy through struggle and hard work, says UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav
12:50pm: Section 144 (CRPC) was not imposed in Jammu and Kashmir even for a single day (during our rule). But look at what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir since the past five months: Deve Gowda
(Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 empowers a magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area.)
12:42pm: During ten and a half months of my tenure as Prime Minister and Mulayam Singh as defence minister, Jammu and Kashmir was completely peaceful: Deve Gowda
12:40pm: INLD leader Abhay Chautala says Samajwadi Party will form the next government in UP
12:35pm: I never want to become CM. You can insult me, sack me many times (as minister) but I can even give my blood for the party: Shivpal Yadav
12:30pm: Shivpal Yadav plunges into the controversy and says: I will make whatever sacrifice you want me to. I will bear humiliation too but I won’t let anyone humiliate Netaji (Mulayam Singh).”
“... How many times will you humiliate me?” Shivpal questions Akhilesh Yadav.
12:02pm: SP government has done great work, says Shivpal Yadav
12pm: Shivpal Yadav says it is because of Netaji’s struggle and the risks he took that SP was able to form a government in UP thrice, reports ANI.
11:50am: The family feud has calmed for the time being as Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav shares the stage with Shivpal Yadav, accompanied by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
11:10am: We have come for SP silver jubilee function, no talk of alliance as of now: ANI quotes HD Deve Gowda
11am: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said the BJP will be defeated in Uttar Pradesh just like the Grand Alliance had won in Bihar assembly election, ANI reports.
10:30am: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav arrives at the ground to a standing ovation by the crowd.
9:25am: People have gathered at the venue as Samajwadi Party celebrates its silver jubilee where the party will kick off its 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly election campaign.