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After reunion, Shivpal urges Mainpuri people to call Akhilesh 'Chhote Netaji'

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Senjo M R
Last updated on: November 30, 2022 19:05 IST
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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 as chhote netaji as they used to call party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav as netaji.

IMAGE: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav with party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohiya chief Shivpal Singh Yadav (right) at a function to pay tribute to former Uttar Pradesh CM Mulayam Singh Yadav on his birth anniversary, in Etawah, November 22, 2022. Photograph: ANI Photo

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 Bharatiya Janata Party 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.

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