Another Mulayam kin joins politics

SP supremos nephew is cooperative chief

 Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘political family’ has added its eighth member.

Aditya Yadav, son of Mulayam’s brother and state public works department minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, took a plunge in active politics. He was elected unopposed as a chairman of the state cooperative federation on Tuesday.

Aditya considers Mulayam as his role model. “I want to serve the people of the state like Mulayam,” he said adding that he would focus on the youths of the state.
A senior SP leader here said Aditya may soon be formally inducted into the party and given some responsibility.

Eighth member

Young Aditya is the eighth member, after SP Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav’s son Akshay Yadav to join politics. The party has decided to nominate Akshay from Ferozabad Lok Sabha constituency in the 2014 Parliamentary elections.

Apart from Mulayam Singh Yadav, his younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav is party general secretary and senior minister. His other brother Ram Gopal Yadav is a Rajya Sabha member and party’s national spokesman. Mulayam's nephew Dharmendra Yadav is an MP from Mainpuri.

SP sources said Mulayam’s younger son Prateek Yadav has also expressed his desire to enter politics. Prateek, an MBA degree holder from Leeds in the UK, was eager to make a mark in the state’s political horizon.

Another son

There has been demand from the SP workers and leaders to filed Prateek from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in the forthcoming general elections. Workers had even held a demonstration before the party office here to press their demand.

Prateek, if he does enter politics, would be the ninth member of the Mulayam family to do so.

Dimple, an MP from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat, was the sixth member to enter politics.

Draws flak

The party has come under attack from the opposition Bahujan Samaj Party for ‘promoting family’.

“Promotion of family is nothing new for the SP. It has been doing so for a long time,” said BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya.

“Mulayam is not a samajwadi (socialist), but a parivaarvadi (believes in promoting family),” said Maurya.

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