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Akhilesh, Mulayam seen together in public after months

The father-son chatted amid slogan shouting by party workers

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Manohar Lohia, Shivpal Yadav, Samajwadi Party
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and party president Akhilesh Yadav after paying tributes to Ram Manohar Lohia on his 50th death anniversary at Lohia Park in Lucknow on Thursday. PTI Photo

After a gap of several months, (SP) chief and his father were seen together at a public event here today, triggering speculation of a possible rapprochement.

The occasion was a function at the Lohia Park to mark the 50th death anniversary of socialist leader


After paying floral tributes together at Lohia's statue, the father-son chatted amid slogan shouting by party workers. They later posed for shutterbugs.

Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was unseated as the SP chief by in January, moved in a golf cart with his son and waved at excited party workers.

Akhilesh Yadav, 44, touched the feet of his 77-year-old father, who is the SP patron.

Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger brother was, however, conspicuous by his absence.

Earlier this morning, had visited the Lohia Trust office here and paid tributes to the socialist leader alongwith

Later, at the the SP headquarters, was asked about his relations with

"If a father glosses over his son's mistakes, the child may lose way...There is fight of ideologies in every family," said, apparently referring to critical remarks made by in the past about his functioning.

After getting re-elected as the SP chief last week in Agra, had met his father in Lucknow to seek his blessings. drove down to his father's house on October 7 and spent over half an hour with him.

Before the Agra convention too, had met to invite him. However, and had given it a miss.

The back-to-back meetings between the father and son kindled hopes of party workers of a reconciliation between them.

Apparently, to send a message that 'all is well' in the Yadav clan, had in Agra said that his estranged uncle had blessed and congratulated him over the phone.

had also congratulated his nephew after his re-election as party chief on Twitter.

Both and his brother were sidelined by after he became the SP chief at the party's convention here on January 1.

Taking control after being allowed the 'bicycle' symbol by the on January 16, has been going full throttle to consolidate his grip over the party.

Addressing media persons at SP headquarters, also lashed out at the claiming that projects initiated by him were now being inaugurated after removing his plaques.

He asked party workers to gear up for the 2019 and the 2022

"This government is not doing any development and people have understood now," he said.

also attacked the Centre alleging the GST was implemented "without any preparations" causing hardships to the trader community.

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 19:57 IST
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