Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today once again denied any rift within the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh where elections will be held early next year.
Stating that all party leaders will ‘unitedly’ fight the 2017 assembly elections, he said, "There is no rift in the party, and all of us will fight the elections on the party's symbol 'cycle'."
The Chief Minister's remarks came after his uncle and party’s state unit chief Shivpal Singh Yadav earlier made an indirect attack on him at the event.
Asked if there were chances of an alliance with the Congress, the Chief Minister said, "I have left the decision of alliance with Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav)."
Emphasising on the 25th year celebrations of the party, Akhilesh said, "We are spreading the ideology of Samajwad (socialism) in the country."
The Chief Minister also thanked former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav and noted Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani for attending the event.
Addressing the crowd earlier, Akhilesh's uncle, Shivpal Yadav, referring to his dismissal twice from the state cabinet recently, said he was neither greedy for any post nor any ministry.
If required, the SP leader said he was ready to give even his blood and everything for the Samajwadi Party.
With IANS Inputs