Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle Shivpal Yadav today met newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.
While the motive behind the meeting is not clear, it is likely to evoke sharp reactions from the opposition, especially Samajwadi Party.
Following BJP’s massive win in the recently-concluded Assembly elections, a few members of the Yadav clan have shown inclination towards the saffron party.
Of late, UP CM Yogi Adityanath had paid visit to the cowshed in Lucknow’s Kahna Upvan on the invitation of Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
CM Adityanath was accompanied by Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, along with Aparna Yadav and her husband Prateek Yadav.
Earlier, Aparna Yadav and Prateek Yadav had met CM Adityanath – a meeting described as a ‘courtesy call’ by the officials.
Greeting the newly-elected CM with peach roses, Aparna and Prateek had spent about 30 minutes with the UP CM.
The meeting raised many eyebrows because during the poll campaigns the BJP had made personal attacks on SP by targeting Pateek and his businesses.
Meanwhile, Shivpal’s scheduled meet with CM Adityanath comes after former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav snubbed Shivpal and named Ram Govind Chowdhury as the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly.
Also, Shivpal, in a new twist to the feud with the Samajwadi Party, had said that he will soon launch a campaign to unite “samajwadis” (socialists) to bring them on one platform.
After filing his nomination for state polls in January, Shivpal had said he would form a new party after the election results are declared. But, subsequently he had said there was no such move.