Akhilesh owes his victory in family feud to Mulayam's political training

Shivpal Singh Yadav files his nomination papers. Pic  PTi

Former Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and now its mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday announced he will campaign for his younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav first.

Steve Jarding, the Harvard University professor who is UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's political adviser for the upcoming Assembly elections, said efforts to suggest that he had staged the long-running family feud in the Samajwadi Party had "backfired".

In Uttar Pradesh, election campaign for the first and second phase is in full swing where an election will be held on 11th and 15th of this month.

After filing his papers on 31 January, Shivpal threatened to form a new party after the elections. "Both Akhilesh Yadav and Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) are important to me.I have sent my resignation to them". "He will also not campaign for all the candidates of the SP but only those who were nominated by him and later also declared candidates by Akhilesh". Shivpal made the statement a day after Mulayam announced in Delhi that he was unhappy with the alliance which his son had forged with the Congress.

Although Akhilesh did not take any action against his estranged uncle, he did issue a warning from Etah that those trying to sabotage the party, will not be spared.

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Akhilesh said he was once apprehensive that he would lose the "cycle" (SP's election symbol).

Also taking on people who were criticising him for giving 105 seats to Congress, Akhilesh Yadav said he was a man with a big heart.

"Haji Zameer Ullah Khan is contesting as an independent candidate now". A section of Yadavs may also drift towards the rebels and queer the pitch for Akhilesh.

BJP's Uttar Pradesh chief Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday attacked Samajwadi Party alleging it to be anti-development.