In an interesting turn of events, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s other daughter-in-law, Aparna Yadav, has come out in support of Mulayam’s brother and SP rebel leader Shivpal Yadav’s new party. Speaking at an event in Lucknow, where she shared the stage with Shivpal, Aparna sought fortification for his new political front, The Times of India reported.
Addressing the gathering, Aparna said, “I want that Samajwadi Secular Morcha progresses. After my father-in-law, if there is respect for any other strong political leader, it is my uncle Shivpal.” The younger daughter of Mulayam Singh’s gave the statement while attending an event organised by Rashtriya Krantikari Samajwadi Party in the state capital.
Notably, Aparna reportedly made the remarks just 24 hours after Mulayam Singh Yadav shared the dais with Shivpal at an event in Lucknow on Friday that was organised to mark the death anniversary of socialist leader and Samajwadi Party idealogue Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. She sat beside Shivpal on the stage and was also seen bowing before him to seek his blessings. During her speech, she referred to Shivpal as ‘chachaji’.
“I have always respected Chacha Ji and Neta Ji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and we will work towards making Secular Morcha stronger,” she reportedly said. She added that decision for her to join and contest for Secular Morcha would be taken at a suitable time by Shivpal, News18.com reported.
Aparna, who is the wife of Mulayam’s younger son, Prateek, had contested the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections in 2017 on a Samajwadi Party ticket but was defeated by BJP’s Rita Bahugana Joshi.