LUCKNOW: In a clear sign of the growing rift with the Samajwadi Party, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party chief Shivpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday said that his party will contest local elections on its own.
While addressing the party’s one day workshop here, Shivpal said that Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party “will fight the upcoming local body elections on its own, taking lessons from its past experiences”.
He said that the last few months were the most difficult times of his life. “It was a test of political patience, sacrifice, self-restraint and expectations of the society,” he said.
It is pertinent to note that Shivpal Yadav’s party contested the 2022 assembly polls in alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
Before the assembly elections, Shivpal and former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had come together and forged an alliance.
Shivpal had floated his party ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in the state after a rift in the Yadav family in the state.
During the meeting, Shivpal also said that respecting the public sentiments and of party workers, “we had openly entered into an alliance with Samajwadi Party”. “However, in response to which we were betrayed,” he alleged.
He said that the result of this betrayal was that today the Samajwadi Party is sitting in the opposition. He also said that his party will move ahead with the principles of progressive socialism and inclusive nationalism. “No one is allowed the politics of division and hatred in the name of Ram,” he added.