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Shivpal Yadav congratulates nephew on being elected as party president

Senior Samajwadi Party Shivpal Yadav took party workers by surprise when he congratulated Akhilesh Yadav on his election as the national president of the party for five years.

lucknow Updated: Oct 06, 2017 14:22 IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The move is being seen as thaw in their relation and the first communication between Akhilesh and Shivpal ever since the family feud.(HT Photo)

Senior Samajwadi Party Shivpal Yadav took party workers by surprise when he congratulated Akhilesh Yadav on his election as the national president of the party for five years. “Heartiest congratulations to Akhilesh and blessings from the bottom of my heart,” tweeted Shivpal, who has been locked in a bitter power tussle with nephew Akhilesh for more than a year now.

The move is being seen as thaw in their relation and the first communication between Akhilesh and Shivpal ever since the family feud broke out and former was elected party president on January 1. And if sources are to be believed, the softening of stand by Shivpal is a prelude to a patch up bid. According to them a meeting between the two warring factions of the SP is on the cards at the behest of party’s patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. “The date and venue of the meeting would be finalized soon,” said a senior party leader.

While Shivpal refused to take calls or interact with media persons, sources closed to him confirmed that he had spoken to Akhilesh over telephone on Tuesday. Apparently to send a message of all-was-well in the Yadav clan, Akhilesh also confirmed in Agra that his uncle had blessed and congratulated him over telephone. He (Akhilesh) invited him to attend the party’s national convention at Agra but Shivpal declined saying he was neither an office-bearer nor a delegate of the party. Shivpal is believed to have met Mulayam before speaking to Akhilesh.

Read: Akhilesh Yadav re-elected Samajwadi Party president for five years

Mulayam, who is in Lucknow, was scheduled to attend the party’s convention in Agra on Thursday. He left his residence at around 12 noon for the airport amidst reports that he was going to Agra but returned back home. Sources close to Shivpal said he was initially unhappy over the manner in which Mulayam had recently announced his support to his son (Akhilesh). During his meeting with Mulayam, Shivpal reportedly asked him about what to do next.