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

WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 05, 2017, 07:14 AM(IST)

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 )

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)

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