Progressive Samajwadi Party (PSP) leader Shivpal Singh Yadav said he was “not invited, despite being a party MLA”, sparking a row ahead of a meeting of the Samajwadi Party on Saturday to review their performance in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and plan for the upcoming assembly elections. The party, however, said it would hold a meeting with coalition leaders on March 26.
The PSP leader contested the SP symbol election as part of the alliance.
The meeting will be chaired by SP Pradhan and Shivpal’s nephew Akhilesh Yadav.
“I was not invited to the party meeting. I waited for two days and canceled all my programs for this meeting, but I was not invited, ”Yashwant Nagar MLA Shivpal told ANI.
Lucknow | I was not invited to the party meeting. I waited 2 days and canceled all my programs for this meeting but I was not invited. I am a Samajwadi Party MLA but not yet invited: SP MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav pic.twitter.com/DOyCXV9cPg– ANI UP / Uttarakhand (INANINewsUP) March 26, 2022
Its newly elected MLAs and members of the Legislative Council will take part in a meeting to be held at the party headquarters in Lucknow.
In response to Shivpal, SP leader Naresh Uttam Patel said, “Shivpal is the leader of Yadav Mitra Dal. Coalition leaders have been called for a March 26 meeting.
In the recent elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party retained power in the state by winning 255 out of 403 assembly seats, with the SP winning 111 seats.
After the result, Shivpal blamed the BJP for their defeat. “Our (SP alliance) seats and voting rate have increased in the elections. The people of the state have not lost the SP. We lost because of the dishonesty and cunning of the BJP, ”he complained.
Earlier, the meeting was scheduled to be held on March 21, but it was rescheduled for March 26 due to nominations for the Legislative Assembly elections, party chief spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said.
The presence of all legislators and members of the Legislative Assembly will be mandatory, the source said, adding that the SP will review the shortcomings that lead to lower-than-expected performance in the Assembly elections.
With PTI input
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