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Aditi Phadnis: More than just a leadership change

Now that Mulayam has been reduced to being SP's chief mentor, is the era of agile politics over?

Aditi Phadnis 

Aditi Phadnis Is it the end of Mulayam Singh Yadav as we knew him? And the end of an era of the lithe and the supple in politics? Take a look at his lineage. He was first elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 1967 on the ticket of the Samyukta Socialist Party (SSP), led by Ram Manohar Lohia, one of India’s best known Socialists. In 1968, following Lohia’s death, he joined the Bharatiya Kranti Dal (BKD) headed by Charan Singh. In 1974, the SSP and the BKD merged to become the Bharatiya Lok Dal (BLD) and gave him a ticket, so no prizes for guessing why Mulayam Singh Yadav joined it in ...

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First Published: Fri, March 10 2017. 22:58 IST
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