New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party on Friday celebrated the 81st birthday of its founder Mulayam Singh Yadav at the party headquarters in Lucknow, and in several other districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Amid loud cheers of ‘Mulayam Singh zindabad’ from SP workers and leaders, Mulayam Singh Yadav cut a huge cake weighing up to 81 kg and received an 81-kg laddoo as a birthday present, stated a report. He was flanked by his son and party president Akhilesh Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and other senior leaders of the Samajwadi Party at the party headquarters in Lucknow. Meanwhile, in Etawah, Akhilesh Yadav’s birthday was celebrated by Shivpal Yadav and his party Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL).

Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath extended birthday wishes to Mulayam Singh Yadav. “Wishing good health, long and active life while extending best wishes to former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav on his birthday,” Adityanath was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.

On November 22, Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel took to her official Twitter handle to wish the SP chief. Notably, hoardings were set up in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh with birthday wishes for Mulayam Singh.