Party sources said the decision to have a joint meeting

Party sources said the decision to have a joint meeting

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Party sources said the decision to have a joint meeting
was taken following a discussion SP state president Shivpal Yadav had with Mulayam. Shivpal later met party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav in Delhi earlier this week.
Shivpal had publicly touched feet of Ram Gopal Yadav to drive home the message that they have buried the hatchet.
While expelling Ram Gopal, Shivpal had accused him of trying to save his skin as his son, MP Akshay Pratap, and daughter-in-law were allegedly embroiled in a graft case being probed by CBI.
Shivpal had also blamed Ram Gopal for SP’s breakup from the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand coalition) in Bihar last year.
Sources said the discussion on poll preparations could not be done thoroughly in the absence of Akhilesh.
The party high command feels that the development agenda of the chief minister has sent a positive message across the state but going to polls as a house divided would hamper its poll prospects.
Both BJP and BSP have mounted a fierce attack on the ruling party in the run-up to 2017 Assembly elections, while SP is harping on development tune.
The Uttar Pradesh government carried out a trial run of Akhilesh Yadav’s dream project – Lucknow Metro – even as BSP chief Mayawati alleged the project was completed in haste to gain cheap popularity ahead of polls.
Mayawati has never missed a chance to highlight the tug-of-war in the Yadav family, especially the strained ties between uncle and nephew, while appealing to voters to rid the state of the present dispensation.
Mulayam, however, managed to broker an uneasy truce between the warring camps to project a show of unity at the SP silver jubilee bash on November 5, putting a temporary lid on the gaping fissures. PTI ABN SMI
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