Shivpal Yadav says his party will be in govt by 2024 | Lucknow News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav on Saturday said Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSP-L), of which he is the founder and national president, will be in government by 2024.
Coming a day after Shivpal publicly reiterated that his party won’t have any truck with the SP ever in future, the statement is being seen as the first major hint from Shivpal of a possible alliance with the BJP-led ruling NDA at the Centre and in UP in the near future.
“Our party will be in the government by 2024,” Shivpal said addressing a two-day conference of party workers in Prayagraj on Saturday. Thereafter Shivpal spoke at length over how the party planned to strengthen its cadres in the state.
“Recent appointment of the state president and district presidents is a part of this exercise. After Lucknow, we are holding this party workers conference in Prayagraj. Soon, similar events will be held in other districts. It is time to roll up your sleeves and prepare for 2024,” he said.
Recently, addressing the party workers in Lucknow, Shivpal had described his contesting elections with SP as a ‘huge blunder’ which he did not want to repeat ever in future. “Let me put the record straight. Now PSP-L will never enter into any alliance with the Samajwadi Party ever in future in any shape or form whatsoever,” he said amid cheers from the party workers.
Asked to elaborate on Shivpal Yadav’s comment, party’s chief national spokesperson Deepak Mishra said the party had made its stance clear that it won’t have any political association with the SP ever in future. “That clears half the part. We will side with any other party which believes in inclusive nationalism and progressive socialism,” Mishra said.
“We follow Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan and will side with any other party which follows them,” he said. Interestingly, prime minister Narendra Modi, in his address this Independence Day, had paid tributes to Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan as well while paying tributes to a galaxy of top leaders from across the political spectrum.

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