Lucknow, 25 September(Wishav Warta): Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday launched a fresh attack against his son and former chief minister Akhilesh, accusing him of betrayal but didn’t announce his own outfit as was widely expected.
The 77-year-old leader, who was replaced as the SP chief by Akhilesh in the run-up to the February-March election that ended disastrously for the party, said he would not attend the party’s national convention in Agra on October 5.
“I am not forming any new party as of now,” Mulayam told a crowded press conference in Lucknow. He was responding to questions if he would part ways with the party he founded 25 years ago. Within minutes of the press conference, Akhilesh tweeted, “Netaji zindabad, Samajwadi Party zindabad!” Party colleagues and supporters often refer to Mulayam as Netaji, or the Leader.
Sidelined in SP, the former wrestler was expected to launch a new party along with the Lok Dal but he seemed to have chosen to wait as he sent out mixed signals on his ties with Akhilesh. Akhilesh had said he would never leave the party but he did, Mulayam said, adding his was the real Samajwadi Party.