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Differences in SP back to fore ahead of prez poll?

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The sharp differences within the (SP) may again come to the fore during voting for the presidential poll.

While SP president has instructed party MLAs to vote for opposition candidate Meira Kumar, SP patron Yadav and his brother might go in favour of NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind.


SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said that has given instruction to his MLAs to vote for Kumar.

The opposition presidential nominee, during a day's visit to the city earlier today, Akhilesh at the party office before meeting supremo to seek votes.

"Today visited the SP headquarters and Akhilesh and SP MLAs to seek their support," Chaudhary said.

"Akhilesh has asked SP MLAs to vote for Kumar," he said.

Chaudhary, who is also the leader of the opposition, said, "Everyone should support Kumar."

Meanwhile, Shivpal's loyalist Deepak Mishra, though not a voter, said, "we pledge open support to Kovind".

He thanked the prime minister for his selection.

Mulayam's vote for Kovind became a foregone conclusion the very day he openly described him as a "strong candidate".

"Ram Nath Kovind is a good candidate. I have a very old relation with him. BJP has selected a strong candidate. The most important thing is that the BJP has a majority," Mulayam had said last month.

Shivpal, too, had said he would do as advised by his brother.

"Netaji (Mulayam) jo kahenge wahi hoga" (Whatever netaji says will happen)," he said.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's last visit to Lucknow on June 20, Mulayam had him at a dinner hosted by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, sending clear signals that he would back the nominee.

Significantly, the dinner was skipped by Akhilesh and Mayawati, who are supporting the opposition's candidate.

Mulayam was removed from the party's national president post and made a patron by Akhilesh in January at the peak of the dissidence in the party.

Senior leader and leader of the opposition in the UP Assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary said everyone should support Kumar.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 22:23 IST
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