Samajwadi Party splits: Shivpal Yadav floats new party with Mulayam as president

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav (left) had been at loggerheads with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav (centre) and Shivpal Yadav for the past several months. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India May 05, 2017, 07.14 AM (IST)

Samajwadi Pary leader Shivpal Yadav said that he is forming a new party, ANI reported.

The new party, called 'Samajwadi Secular Morcha', will be headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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The announcement comes in the wake of Samajwadi Party's huge defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The party was reduced to just 47 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly.

Before the elections, Akhilesh Yadav had dethroned party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Samajwadi Party president, a move which was backed by the Election Commission of India which considered him as the president.

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(WION with inputs from ANI)