Rift in SP ahead of presidential poll

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Jul 2017 10:43:35



THE sharp differences within the Samajwadi Party (SP) may again come to the fore during voting for the presidential poll.
While SP President Akhilesh Yadav has instructed party MLAs to vote for Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav might go in favour of NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said that Akhilesh Yadav has given instruction to his MLAs to vote for Kumar. The Opposition presidential nominee, during a day’s visit to the city earlier on Friday, met Akhilesh at the party office before meeting BSP supremo Mayawati to seek votes.

“Today Meira Kumar visited the SP headquarters and met Akhilesh and SP MLAs to seek their support,” Chaudhary said.
“Akhilesh has asked SP MLAs to vote for Kumar,” he said.
Chaudhary, who is also the Leader of the Opposition, said, “Everyone should support Kumar.” Meanwhile, Shivpal’s loyalist Deepak Mishra, though not a voter, said, “we pledge open support to Kovind”. Mulayam’s vote for Kovind became a foregone conclusion the very day he openly described him as a “strong candidate”. “Ram Nath Kovind is a good candidate. I have a very old relation with him. BJP has selected a strong candidate. The most important thing is that the BJP has a majority,” Mulayam had said last month.