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I Am Not Forming A New Party As Of Now: Mulayam Singh

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| September 25 , 2017 , 12:41 IST

Putting to rest speculations of forming a new political party, veteran Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav confirmed that he is not forming a new party as of now.

"I am not forming a new party as of now," said Mulayam Singh Yadav, addressing a press conference at the Ram Manohar Lohia trust in Lucknow.

"He is my son so my blessings are with him but I don't agree with his decisions," said Mulayam, referring to his son, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Mulayam also levelled an attack against the state government, commenting that women are not safe in BHU, and that the rule of law is finished in UP. 

"None of the promises made by the govt were fulfilled in 3 yrs of its governance. Petrol-diesel prices skyrocketed," Mulayam said. 

Speculation over a split in the Samajwadi Party once again rose on Sunday when Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav missed a party state convention saying that were not invited. Even the posters for the promotion of the event had Mulayam and Shivpal missing.

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Sources had suggested that Mulayam would announce a new party along with the nearly defunct Lok Dal, and that the new party would retain the tag 'Samajwadi' in its name. In June, Shivpal had announced that he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front "to fight communal forces" but waited for the support of Mulayam.

The feud between father and son, Mulayam and Akhilesh, came to the fore when Akhilesh announced himself as the SP national president during an emergency national convention of the Samajwadi Party on January 1. Taking the matter to the Election Commission, Akhilesh secured the bicycle symbol for himself and consolidated his power over the Samajwadi Party.