A day after Mulayam Singh Yadav blamed Congress for the loss in UP polls, the party hit back saying the SP patron's words and actions do not match and that he had always drifted away when attempts to form a joint front against "communal" forces were made.
In a development confirming the split within the Samajwadi Party, Shivpal Yadav earlier announced the formation of a new party "Samajwadi Secular Morcha". "It lodged cases against me and Akhilesh forged alliance with it", Mulayam Singh Yadav said, adding to the bad blood between him and his son, which has been escalating steadily for months.
"The Congress party did not leave a single chance to ruin my life and Akhilesh formed an alliance with the same party for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections", Mulayam said at public rally. "And the only good governance choice was the BJP and that is why Yogi Adityanath is a proactive, positive chief minister working towards the vision of BJP in the state", she added.
"The alliance with Congress is responsible for the present poor state of the party".
The AAP today alleged that a big conspiracy was being hatched against it by the BJP through sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra and said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would not resign over the "baseless allegations".
Yadav added that the party was defeated due to their faults which should not be blamed on EVMs. Akhilesh should take the challenge thrown by Shivpal head on and use the opportunity to remove the deadwood, modernise the party agenda and rebuild SP on his own terms. The party will also include minorities, farmers and youth. "I had not been the member of the illegal convention of the party which elected Akhilesh as the national president, so he does not have any right to expel me", Shahid reacted to his sacking.
On May 6, the SP expelled former Auraiya district unit president Rambabu Yadav for similar reasons.
The Samajwadi Party got only 47 seats out 403 in the Uttar Pradesh elections.