New Delhi: Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday announced her support for Shivpal Yadav, who had formed his own party Samajwadi Secular Morcha. While declaring her support to uncle Shivpal, Aparna said that she would work towards strengthening the Samajwadi Secular Morcha.

“I have always respected Chacha Ji and Neta Ji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and we will work towards making Secular Morcha stronger,” News 18 quoted Aparna as saying. She added that Shivpal Yadav would decide a suitable time for her to join and contest for Secular Morcha.

Notably, Aparna made the announcement while sharing the stage with Shivpal Yadav, the convenor of Samajwadi Secular Morcha, at an event, organised on the death anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia in Lucknow.
Earlier on Friday, the Samajwadi Party patriarch appeared with brother Shivpal Yadav at the programme in Lucknow.

Speaking at the event, Shivpal invited brother Mulayam 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.

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 had said.