A day after the Election Commission allotted the Samajwadi Party’s bicycle symbol to Akhilesh Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister extended on Tuesday an olive branch to father Mulayam Singh amid a bruising feud in the state’s first family.
Mulayam Singh, 77, has indicated he will not form a new party to contest against his son in Uttar Pradesh, where voting begins next month. But in return, he wants Akhilesh Yadav to find room in the party's list of candidates for 38 people chosen by him.
Mulayam’s picks included his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav’s son, Aditya, and sacked UP ministers such as Narad Rai and OP Singh.
Shivpal, who is involved in a bitter power tussle with Akhilesh and is believed to have Mulayam’s backing, does not figure in the list. Shivpal, however, had announced that he will not be in the fray.