Samajwadi Secular Morcha chief Shivpal Yadav has offered his brother Mulayam Singh Yadav to contest elections on his party ticket. His statement comes after Samajwadi Party founder shared a stage with him at a public function in Lucknow. The programme was organised to mark the death anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia. Addressing media on the sidelines of programme held on Friday, Shivpal Yadav said that he has the blessings of his elder brother. He further reiterated that his party will not stitch an alliance with BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.

His statement comes a day after he was allocated former bungalow of BSP Supremo Mayawati in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh government-led by Yogi Adityanath. The sprawling bungalow is located in Raj Bhawan colony of Uttar Pradesh capital. Mayawati had vacated the bungalow in June this year after Supreme Court’s order. The allotment is being seen as a result of the proximity of Shivpal Yadav with BJP. Rubbishing claims, he said the bungalow has been allocated to me as a senior member of the state assembly.

Last month, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh had shared the stage with his son and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. It was a major setback for Shivpal Yadav, who had announced to field his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Shivpal Yadav quit the Samajwadi Party in August this year – two years after he was sidelined in a family feud. Shivpal Yadav has made it clear that his party will contest elections on all 80 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh in the next general election. 

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