For 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shivpal Yadav declares candidature from Firozabad in UP

Lucknow: Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia chief Shivpal Yadav on Saturday announced he will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Firozabad constituency. against his nephew Akshay Yadav, the incumbent MP.

Akshay is son of Shivpal Yadav’s estranged cousin Ram Gopal Yadav. The former UP minister said he was forced to form his own party after being sidelined by Akhilesh Yadav, the former Chief Minister and son of Mulayam Singh Yadav, the founder of Samajwadi Party.

Shivpal yadav took potshots at the recently forged Samajwadi Party (SP)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alliance and said neither he nor his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav ever considered Mayawati “behen ji” (sister). “How can Akhilesh call her ‘bua’ (aunt)?” he questioned.

Terming Akhilesh Yadav, with whom he fell out in January 2017, “Babua” (puppet), Shivpal Singh Yadav said he is the one who cheated his own father and uncle.

“I did everything for Akhilesh. But it is for all to see how he treated me,” said the legislator from Jaswantnagar in Etawah. The 63-year-old also said that Akhilesh Yadav cannot be trusted.

(With inputs from agencies)