New Delhi: Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief Shivpal Yadav on Saturday announced that he will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Firozabad constituency. Addressing a Republic Day gathering at a college in Etawah, former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said, “The people of Firozabad want me to contest the Lok Sabha elections from there and so I will contest from Firozabad.” Also Read - Man Shot Dead Over Rs 200 at Crowded Market in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh
According to media reports, the Firozabad constituency is held by Shivpal’s nephew Akshay Yadav. Akshay is the son of his estranged brother SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav. Also Read - First Case Registered in Bareilly Under 'Love Jihad' Law
He also expressed his confidence that for the formation of government in 2019, support of PSP-L will be needed. And in 2022, PSPL will form its government in Lucknow. (Also read: RLD Demands Five Seats to Join Alliance) Also Read - UP Governor Gives Assent to Ordinance Against Forcible Religious Conversions
Targeting SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, he said, “How can we trust a person who has deceived his father and uncle? I had to form the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia out of compulsion.” (Opposition Joining Hands to Form ‘Majboor’ Sarkar, Says PM Modi)
He also took a potshot at SP-BSP alliance, Yadav recalled how the BSP had given “shocks to the SP” and formed a government with the BJP on three occasions. “Mulayam had never made Mayawati his sister, neither had he “then how could Mayawati become Akhilesh Yadav’s aunt”. (ALSO READ: Shivpal Yadav Terms BSP-SP Alliance a Mismatch, Says Its Leaders Unreliable)
Earlier also, Shivpal had said that BSP-SP alliance is a mismatch and both leaders are unreliable.
On January 12, arch rivals BSP and SP had announced that they would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections together in Uttar Pradesh. The parties would share 38 seats each of the total 80 parliamentary constituencies in the state.
Yadav said he did not want any high-ranking designation in the Samajwadi Party. “I only wanted respect, but I was separated (from the party) as part of a conspiracy.
Last year, Shivpal Singh Yadav had announced his new political party, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL). Yadav had launched the party after he fell out with his nephew and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav.
At the launch of his front, Yadav had said he felt neglected in the SP, which was founded by his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav after his nephew took charge of the party. Earlier, Yadav had announced that his front will contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections.
(With agency inputs)