Former Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Yadav has reacted to the announcement of an anti-BJP alliance in the state between Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party's Mayawati. Mr Yadav - who quit the Samajwadi Party after a falling out with nephew Akhilesh Yadav and formed a new outfit - called the alliance incomplete without him in its fold."This alliance is incomplete without PSP-L (his party Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia). Only a secular front can defeat the BJP," Mr Yadav said.
Shivpal Yadav, who had been a power centre in Uttar Pradesh politics, had a fallout with his nephew. However, he is considered close to Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is his political mentor. He recently said he wanted him to contest Lok Sabha elections from his party's seat. Mulayam Singh Yadav, despite his son's acrimonious relationship with his brother, recently attended Shivpal Yadav's rally.
Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday made their alliance official, saying their parties will contest the 2019 general elections on 38 seats each out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. They even left the Congress out of their alliance, leaving only Amethi and Raebareli for the Rahul Gandhi-led party.