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Shivpal Yadav asks people of Mainpuri to call SP chief Akhliesh Yadav ‘Chhote Netaji’

MAINPURI:  After his reunion with nephew Akhilesh Yadav ahead of the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) founder Shivpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday asked people to call the Samajwadi Party chief ”Chhote Netaji” as they used to call party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav as ‘Netaji’.

Addressing an election rally in Jaswant Nagar in Mainpuri parliamentary constituency, Shivpal Yadav said, ”You (Akhilesh) said in Karhal that there is no leader like Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). I want to say that people of Mainpuri and Saifai used to call him ‘bade mantri’ (senior minister) and I was called ‘chhote mantri (junior minister). Now I want you all to call Akhilesh as ‘Chhote Netaji’.”

People of Mainpuri and Etawah used to call Mulayam Singh Yadav as ‘Netaji’ and workers in Samajwadi Party also used to call him with the same name.

In a show of unity, Akhilesh Yadav and Dimple Yadav touched feet of uncle Shivpal Yadav as they arrived on the dais for the Mainpuri bypoll campaigning.

Shivpal Yadav is campaigning for Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav in Mainpuri seat, which fell vacant due to the death of Mulayam Singh Yadav.

”She (Dimple Yadav) is my bahu and is a contestant in the election. I appeal to the people of Mainpuri to help her win the bypoll with an unprecedented margin,” said Shivpal Yadav.

He also criticised BJP candidate Raguraj Singh Shakya who was once said to be very close to him.

”Some people call themselves ‘shishya’ (follower) but they are not. A true ‘shishya’ always seeks permission without leaving,” said Shivpal Yadav, in an apparent attack on Shakya.

”I was the one due to whom he got a job as a clerk. I got him to resign and helped him become MP twice,” he added. Shakya had left Shivpal Yadav’s party to join the BJP earlier this year.

Later in the day, Shivpal Yadav along with Akhilesh Yadav and Dimple Yadav held a joint rally in Takha block of the district. Addressing supporters there, Akhilesh Yadav said that ‘Netaji’ used to take along and respect everyone.

He credited Mulayam Singh Yadav for the development in Mainpuri and accused the BJP government of stalling the development work in the area. The SP chief also alleged that BJP reduced the budget of ongoing development work. ”The farmers are in trouble. They have to stand in long queues for fertilizers, they are being blackmailed. The youth are without jobs. But the chief minister is quiet on these issues.” Addressing the gathering, Dimple Yadav appealed to the people to vote for her in large numbers and ensure the SP’s victory.

Source: Press Trust of India

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