Lucknow: Sources said that Shivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) has been offered six seats as a part of the Samajwadi Party-led alliance for the UP elections, which has been agreed.
An MLA of Jaswantnagar assembly constituency since 1996, Shivpal had formed the PSP-L on August 29, 2018 after quitting the SP. Akhilesh Yadav, bypassing initial hurdles, had announced an alliance between the SP and the PSP(L) after meeting his uncle on December 16.
According to information received from sources, Shivpal’s PSP-L has been given one seat from Gunnaur, Jaswantnagar, Bhojpur, Jasrana, Mubarakpur and Ghazipur. There is also news that Shivpal Yadav can contest from Gunnaur and his son Aditya from Jaswantnagar.
Presently, he is the President of the UP Co-operative Union and the Director of the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited. Taking to Twitter after attending a meeting of SP and its allies, PSP(L) chief Shivpal Yadav said, “Electoral preparations for the upcoming assembly elections were discussed with all the allies involved under the leadership of Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav. It is the aspiration of crores of people of the state that under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav ji, a SP-led coalition government should be formed in Uttar Pradesh.
SP’s emphasis on UP elections
In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP had won 312 seats in the 403-member House, while the BSP could win only 19 seats. On the other hand, the SP-Congress alliance failed to bear fruit as it could win only 54 constituencies. While this was seen as a mandate for PM Modi, as the BJP did not announce any CM candidate. Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath was a surprise for the post. Though some BJP leaders gave conflicting statements on Adityanath’s future as chief minister, PM Modi put an end to all speculation by lauding the governance model of UP during his frequent visits to the state.
first published:Jan. 12, 2022, 3:54 p.m.