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Few takers for Mulayam's grand alliance

While the Janata Dal (United) goes ahead with its plan to forge an anti-BJP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh has failed to attract many for his plan of a grand alliance under SP leadership.

Amidst fierce family feud, visit of Shivpal Yadav, younger brother of Mulayam Singh and chief of UP state unit of Samajwadi party, to Delhi evoked little response.

He met JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and invited top leaders of his party to join SP’s silver Jubilee celebration on November 5 at Lucknow. 

Mulayam Singh is trying to turn the event into a stage for secular unity. Yadav declined to attend citing some reasons. 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also declined to oblige. 

He has asked K C Tyagi to represent the party.

According to sources, Shivpal also met Prashant Kishor, the media advisor to Rahul Gandhi but without any success to get any support from the Congress for the Lucknow event.  

On the other side, the JD(U) went ahead with its plan of forging a secular alliance in UP. Former party chief Sharad Yadav met Sonia Gandhi this week to formally initiate a discussion on the proposed alliance. 

In a follow-up exercise, in-charge of UP  in the Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad met Yadav.

“On this issue, we are in touch with the Congress for long,” confirmed senior JD(U) leader Arun Kumar Shrivastav.

JD(U) leaders are also claiming that Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh will also join secular alliance proposed by  Nitish Kumar.

“The Bihar chief minister has made significant inroads into UP. His rallies in eastern UP are getting good response,” claimed national secretary Afaq Khan.

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