Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said he would seek permission from the people of Azamgarh, the seat from which he represents in Parliament, if he decides to contest the Uttar Pradesh elections. “I will take people’s permission in Azamgarh and then contest from there,” he told a press conference. There are speculations that Akhilesh may contest from Gopalpur in Azamgarh.
Meanwhile, in his first reaction to his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav joining the BJP, Akhilesh congratulated her and said that he was happy that “our socialist ideology is expanding”. “First of all, I would like to congratulate and wish the best. I am also happy that our socialist ideology is expanding. I hope our ideology will reach there and work to save the Constitution and democracy.
Akhilesh further said that SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav tried hard to persuade Aparna Yadav to join BJP but failed. Asked whether efforts were made to stop Aparna Yadav from joining the ruling party, he said, “Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) tried a lot to convince her.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Mulayam Singh’s youngest daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav joined the BJP in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and state president Swatantra Dev Singh. Aparna is married to Prateek Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s second wife. Akhilesh is his son from his first marriage.
This move of Aparna has put the SP to shame. While it may not have any political ramifications, the move is being seen as a status quo after several defectors from the BJP joined the SP over the past few weeks.
Expressing her admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Aparna said that national interest has always been her priority and she praised the many schemes of the BJP government for cleanliness, women empowerment and employment.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. Counting of votes will take place on March 10.
(with agency input)