SP silver jubilee celebration as it happened: Mulayam stays silent on party rift, praises Akhilesh govt

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SP silver jubilee celebration as it happened: Mulayam stays silent on party rift, praises Akhilesh govt
  • 15:44 (IST)

     Amit Shah takes dig at uncle-nephew duo Akhilesh and Shivpal Yadav

    While speaking at BJP's 'Parivartan yatra' in Saharanpur, party president Amit Shah took a dig at Samajwadi Party's uncle-nephew duo Shivpal and Akhilesh Yadav and noted how those responsible for the development of the state are busy 'insulting each other'.

    BJP's yatra coincides with Samajwadi party's silver jubilee celebration.

  • 14:58 (IST)

    We will remain united and defeat communal powers: Mulayam Yadav

    Mulayam Singh Yadav although chose to remain quiet on the apparent rift within the party, he said that the Samajwadis will remain united to take on the communal powers and defeat them. He also said that the four terms at the helm of the state were not any one persons contribution but a result of hard work of all party workers. Mulayam also added that Samajwadi Party has got the support from all sections of the society.

    He however advised the party cadres to focus on becoming the voice of the poor and continue the governmnet's development work.

  • 14:34 (IST)

    UP govt has done well but much more to do: Mulayam

    Mulayam Singh Yadav praised Akhilesh led UP government and said "It is true that the UP government has done good work." He however cautioned him against overlooking other challenges that remained unattended.

    He said that the Samajwadi Party governmnet is the only hope for poor and the neglected.

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Mulayam keeps mum on rift as Akhilesh, Shivpal exchange jibes

    Amid fiery speeches by Akhilesh and Shivpal Yadav, party old guard and national president Mulayam President chose to stay silent on the rift within his party. He rather chose to speak about the developmental issues and urged the party workers to ensure the well-being of the poor and the marginalized in the state.

    He said that only Samajwadi ideology can help the poor and the hungry. Asking his party cadre to pay special attention to women and the underprivileged section of the society.

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Mulayam Singh takes over the stage, recalls old affiliation from Janata Party days

    "Hum sab logo ne mil ke Samajwadi andola khada kiya hai, chahiye kisi ne party ka koi naam rakha ho," Mulayam Singh Yadav said at the event. He also recalled his old affiliation with Om Prakash Chautala, Lalu Yadav and other veteran leaders. Recalling their struggle together he said that "none of us got the power as gift."

  • 14:20 (IST)

    JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav says SP will overcome challenges through unity

    Speaking at the silver jubily celebrations of the party, Sharad Yadav said the Samajwadi Party can overcome any challenges thrown its way by standing united.

    He also added that the recent one-day ban on NDTV was reminiscent of the period of emergency, calling for defeating the BJP in 2019 elections. 

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Watch: Shivpal Yadav pushes Akhilesh supported Javed Abidi on stage

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Lalu Yadav pledges support to SP

    Apart from praising Akhilesh, Lalu Yadav also pledged his support to the Samajwadi Party and said that the party will defeat communal powers. He also addressed Akhilesh Yadav as the future CM of the state, signifying his acceptance of Akhilesh as the face of UP government.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Ban on NDTV, an attack on democracy 

    Lalu Yadav spared no opportunity to lash out at his arch political rival, BJP. Amid other issues, he also targeted the Centre stating that the governments' attempt at gagging the press only showed that India was moving towards "dictatorship."

    He also brought up the Kashmir issue, stating that Modi's 56 inch chest is useless if the government cannot control the situation in the restive state of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • 13:53 (IST)

    Lalu Yadav downplays Samajwadi Party rift

    Lalu Yadav sought to downplay the apparent differences between the Samajwadi Party top brass. He said that Akhilesh & Shivpal have come together to prove that there is no fight in the party. He said that Yadav brothers don't fight with each other and are always united against communal powers.

    Recounting the past years of Janata Party, he said that even at the time, there was a lot of confusion and ruckus on stage due to enthusiasm but Samajwadis always came together in the end. 

  • 13:47 (IST)

    Lalu Yadav speaks at SP's silver Jubilee event, calls Akhilesh future CM of UP

    Lalu Yadav took to the stage at the event and addressed Akhilesh Yadav as the future chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Lalu also said that the UP assembly elections will define the future course on which India will progress. He said that Indian democracy is going through tough time at persent.

    Taking a jibe at the Modi government, Lalu also asked that in two-and-a-half years of rule, if anyone could spot any increase in employment opportunities. He also brought up the reservation demands from various communities, the Kashmir unrest and a battery of other issues. "Desh surakshit nahi hai... agar tumse Kashmir nahi sambhal paa raha Modi ji, to tumse kuch nahi hoga," Lalu said 

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav recounts SP government's work

    Terming the BJP a common enemy, Akhilesh hit out at its political rival blaming it for inciting communal differences. He at the same time recounted populist schemes adopted by his government such as Samajwadi pension yojna and the laptops given out to students.

    Akhilesh also said that Samajwadi party will work together and get rid of the communal powers in Uttar Pradesh.

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav addresses party workers on silver jubilee event amid loud cheers

    Akhilesh Yadav addressed Samajwadi Party's mega event in Lucknow and thanked various leaders and party workers for gathering. He also lashed out the BJP stating that the party has always played divisive politics.

    Amid loud cheers of "Akhilesh Yadav Zindabad" from his supporters as seen in visuals broadcasted on CNN-News18, the UP CM also lauded Mulayam Singh Yadav for instituting the party and taking it to great heights even in tough times.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav takes takes to stage, lauds Mulayam for taking party to new heights

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Four-and-half chief ministers ruling Uttar Pradesh: BJP

    BJP MLA Sangeet Som took a dig on the rift in the Samajwadi Party at BJP's Rath Yatra targetting the UP elections. "Have you ever seen four-and-a-half CM's rule a state," Som asked mockingly. He called Mulayam, Shivpal, Ramgopal and Azam Khan all CM's in their individual capacity and called Akhilesh only a "half CM" alluding that he was a rubber stamp figure, following instructions from the aforementioned leaders, according to CNN-News18.

  • 13:02 (IST)

    Mulayam will take a call on alliance with Congress: Akhilesh

    Akhilesh Yadav has said that Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) will take a final call on whether to ally with Congress party or not. He said that it was the party president will decide what is right for the party.

    He, however added that the party stands united in the aim to defeat communal powers in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Everyone should maintain discipline: Akhilesh on expelled leaders being asked not to attend event

    Akhilesh Yadav appeared to be attempting a truce ahead of the event. Shivpal has reportedly asked the recently expelled Akhilesh supporters and other party leaders to keep away from the silver jubilee celebrations.

    According to CNN-News18 report, Akhilesh however said that it was the party's decision and everybody must respect it as discipline is important. 

  • 12:49 (IST)

    Shivpal Yadav recounts his 'contributions', says will work for Mulayam despite humiliation

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Deve Gowda, Sharad Yadav say no alliance talks as of now

    Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and Janta Dal United leader Sharad Yadav said that there are no talks for a pre-poll alliance as of now and they will consider their course depending on the future developments. "We have come for SP Silver Jubilee function, no talk of alliance as of now," Deve Gowda said, according to ANI.

    However, according to CNN-News18, Shivpal Yadav had mentioned earlier that talks for an alliance will definitely be on the party's agenda as prominent Samajwadi ideologues wil share the dais across party lines.

    RJD leader Lalu Yadav also gave prominent signs by reiterating that BJP will be defeated in the UP assembly elections as it was in Bihar, which is also what Akhilesh and Shivpal have also been saying despite their apparent differences.

  • 12:27 (IST)

    Shivpal lashes out at Akhilesh, says I will serve SP even without a post

    Uncle Shivpal remained at loggerheads with his nephew Akhilesh even at the Rajat Jayanti Samaroh event. Taking a dig at the UP CM, he said that some people have had it easy in their careers by being somebody's son, due to the virtue of inheritance.

    "Kuch logo ko bhagya se mil jata hai, aur kuch logo ko mehnat se. Kuch logo ko virasat se bhi mil jata hai. Par kuch logo ko zindagi bhar kaam karte karte mar jate hain par unko kuch nahin milta (Some people achieve things because of their luck, others have to work hard for it. Some people can simply inherit success, while some people sacrifice themselves and still don't get anything")

    Making a strong statement in full public view, Shivpal also said that posts do not define a person's contribution. Recalling veteran leader Jay Prakash's legacy, he said he never held a post, stating that it is never about the position of power that one holds.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Sack me, humiliate me but I've done well: Shivpal takes a dig at UP CM Akhilesh

    The signs of rift within the Uttar Pradesh's first family haven't subsided yet apparently, as Shivpal Yadav used the stage of party's silver jubilee celebrations to take a dig at his nephew and Mulayam's son Akhilesh Yadav.

    In an apparent reference to Akhilesh's recent move to strip his uncle of key ministry portfolios, Shivpal said "Sack me, humiliate me but I know I have also contributed to the government's work,  I have done well and I have dispatched my duties."

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Shivpal Yadav gives the opening address

    Samajwadi Party's state unit chief and Mulayam's brother Shivpal Yadav took to the stage to deliver the opening address. He started off his speech by lauding Mulayam and welcoming the guests present at the event. The party's silver jubilee celebration, being seen as a prelude to the pre-poll alliance talks is graced by the presence of prominent leaders from Rashtriya Janata Dal, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Janata Dal United among others. Shivpal himself hinted that talks of alliance may follow right after the event concludes, according to CNN News-18. 

  • 12:03 (IST)

    SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav reaches the event

    Samajwadi Party Supremo has arrived at the venue of the event and was greeted by Akhilesh and Shivpal Yadav. The event has started shortly after the party chief's arrival, who was seen escorting Rashtriya Lok dal chief Ajit Singh, with him to the stage.

  • 11:55 (IST)

    We will chase away BJP from UP: Lalu Prasad Yadav

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has arrived at SP's grand celebrations in Lucknow. Speaking to the press just before the event kicked-off, Lalu said, "Jis tarah se Bihar se BJP ko khadeda tha usi tarah se Uttar Pradesh se bhi khadedna hai. (The BJP will be defeated in Uttar Pradesh, like it was in Bihar)."


  • 11:43 (IST)

    Sharad Yadav represents JD(U) at silver jubilee celebrations, Nitish to skip event

    Senior Janata Dal United leader Sharad Yadav has arrived at the Samajwadi Party's Rajat Jayanti Samaroh however JD(U)'s national president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish yadav will skip the event. Nitish had earlier said that he will not be able to attend the event due to the Chhath Puja celebrations going on in Bihar.

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav arrives at Samajwadi Party's silver jubilee celebrations

    According to ANI UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has reached the venue, Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow, before the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. Prominent leaders, including former prime minister HD Devegowda have also reached at the event.

The ruling Samajwadi Party's (SP) grand silver jubilee celebrations on Saturday may be seen as a prelude to the pre-poll alliance talks ahead of the UP assembly elections.

Samajwadi Party's state party unit chief Shivpal Yadav told CNN-News18, that alliance talks may take place after the event, while adding that "like minded people" have come together to participate in the event.

Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav at the Samajwadi Party's rath yatra event on Thursday. PTI

Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav at the Samajwadi Party's rath yatra event on Thursday. PTI

The party is all geared up for it's mega silver jubilee celebrations along with prominent JD(U), RJD, and RLD leaders set to share the stage with Uttar Pradesh's first family.

Security arrangements have been beefed up in the state capital ahead of the event and arrangements have been made to ensure the security of VVIP guests. Shivpal has also asked the district administration and police to ensure that expelled party leaders are not allowed inside the venue of the event.

The tight security arrangements are also being looked upon as a way to prevent expelled Samajwadi party leaders from attending the event. According to PTI expelled leaders including MLCs Santosh Yadav Sunny, Sunil Yadav Sajan, Anand Bhadauria and a few others came down to attend Akhilesh Yadav's rath yatra event on Thursday. Shivpal, apparently miffed at their presence, is ensuring that no expelled leaders attend the event.

The event will be attended by prominent leaders from RJD, JD(U), RLD among others. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, RLD Cheif Ajit Singh, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala, KC Tyagi (JD-U) and noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani are some of the prominent names to attend the event. According to CNN News-18, Congress' Raj Babbar had earlier also given indication that he may attend the event if he was invited. It is unclear, however, whether any Congress leaders will be present on the event.

However, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar will, skip SP's silver jubilee celebrations citing the Chhath festival being celebrated in Bihar.

While the leaders' presence on the same stage is sure to give out a signal of unity, this may well serve as the right backdrop to kick-start formal talks on pre-poll alliance between these parties.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Nov 05, 2016 16:33 PM

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