Lucknow (UP): Days after Mulayam Singh Yadav shared the stage with party president Akhilesh Yadav during a rally at Jantar Mantar, the Samajwadi Party patriarch appeared with brother Shivpal Yadav at a programme in Lucknow. Shivpal Yadav had quit the Samajwadi Party in August last year and had formed his own party Samajwadi Secular Morcha.

At the Lucknow programme organised on the death anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia, Shivpal Yadav invited brother Mulayam Singh Yadav to join his party ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. “I hope netaji will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on our ticket. We have already decided to support him from wherever he contests,” he said.

The founder of the SSM had earlier said he was ready to contest all the 80 parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh, except Mainpuri where Mulayam will be in the fray, in the 2019 polls.

“It is our responsibility to carry forward Lohia’s ideologies. When netaji (Mulayam) is with us, we will bring in a new revolution and change in the country,” SSM chief said. Shivpal further said that his party will not ever go for an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). We will carry forward Lohia’s ideologies and fight communalism. We will not do any pact with the BJP. Our fight is with the BJP,” Shivpal added.

Mulayam also addressed the party workers and highlighted Lohia’s ideologies and urged the youth to follow his path and “fight against wrongdoings”. “Lohiaji taught us that if an elder brother does anything wrong, he should also be protested,” he said.

When Mulayam had appeared with his son Akhilesh at a rally in New Delhi, speculations were formed that the former had sidelined his brother. At the rally, Mulayam Singh Yadav even addressed the rally and appealed party workers to strengthen the party and ensure victory for its candidates in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Last month, Shivpal Yadav had refused any reconciliation with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav saying it is not possible after many leaders were sidelined in their own party.

“I waited for long and made personal efforts to ensure that we all remain united in the Samajwadi Party. But me, netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and several other senior leaders were sidelined in our own party. Now I have taken a step forward and there is no question of going back or any compromise or rapprochement with Akhilesh after forming the Samajwadi Secular Morcha,” he said.