No question of alliance with BJP, we are secular people: Shivpal Yadav

No question of alliance with BJP, we are secular people: Shivpal Yadav

GORAKHPUR: Samajwadi Secular Morcha leader Shivpal Yadav on Saturday ruled out forming an alliance with the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, saying “we are secular people” and there was no question of allying with the ruling party.nnYadav launched his front on August 29, after being allegedly sidelined in the Samajwadi Party by his estranged nephew and SP president Akhilesh Yadav.nnShivpal Yadav has said his front will contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the next general election.nn”We are secular people and we have always been against the Bharatiya Janata Party. We are secular samajwadis (socialists) and there is no question of joining the BJP,” he told reporters.nnHe was responding to Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s statement that he can contest the election on a BJP ticket if he wishes to.nnTo a question on extending support to his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri in the 2019 election, he said: “I’ve offered him to contest as a Samajwadi Secular Morcha candidate from Mainpuri… But even if he contests from any other party, we will support him.”nnHe reiterated his previous stance that the Morcha will field candidates on all other seats.nnAsked whether he would ever return to the Samajwadi Party, Shivpal Yadav said, “We have taken this step after a lot of thinking. We always wanted to remain united but we got only disrespect. We made Samajwadi Secular Morcha with the permission of neta ji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). We have moved forward and we won’t step back.”nnThe Yadav family feud for the control of the Samajwadi Party first broke into public before the 2017 UP assembly election.nnShivpal Yadav declined to comment on the possibility of an alliance between the BSP and the SP, saying it was up to Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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