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If SP and PSPL come together, we can form the next government: Shivpal

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Etawah: Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) chief Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday said if the family came together on the 81st birthday of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, it would be a biggest gift for him.

Mulayam Singh Yadav will celebrate his 81st birthday on November 22.

Talking to reporters in Etawah on Tuesday, Shivpal said, “I have always favoured unity and if Samajwadi Party and PSPL come together, we can form the next government in Uttar Pradesh. I want to clarify that I am not a candidate for the chief minister’s post. My priority is to ensure the victory of Samajwadi ideology because that is what I have imbibed in my training under Netaji (Mulayam).”

He gave a clear indication that the post of chief minister would not be a bone of contention if Akhilesh Yadav agreed for a rapprochement.

Shivpal announced that the birthday of Mulayam Singh would be celebrated in a big way in Sefai, their native village.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday issued a letter to all its district units asking them to celebrate the birthday of Mulayam with seminars and other events.

Shivpal has repeatedly said that he has no qualms about contesting the 2022 elections in alliance with the Samajwadi Party, but Akhilesh has clearly stated that his party would contest all future elections on its own.

Both Samajwadi Party and the PSPL have faced humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections and there is pressure from their cadre to join hands.

Relations between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav have bene under tremendous strain since 2016 and in 2018, Shivpal floated his own party, PSPL.

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Ajit Doval pats Yogi govt’s back for handling Ayodhya verdict

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Lucknow: National Security advisor Ajit Doval has sent a letter of appreciation to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R.K. Tiwari for his “commendable effort in handling the situation in Uttar Pradesh, following the Ayodhya verdict”.

The letter dated November 28, was released to the media on Wednesday.

Doval, in his letter, has appreciated the pivotal role played by the chief secretary in maintaining synergy with all organs of the state and central government and ensuring coordination with the police in maintaining peace and communal harmony.

He further said that it was the cumulative efforts of all agencies and organs of the government that resulted in an incident-free and amicable atmosphere in the state.

The verdict on Ayodhya was delivered on November 9, giving the disputed plot of land to Hindus for construction of a grand Ram temple and the Muslim side was to be given an alternative five acre plot for building a mosque.

Doval himself convened an inter-faith meeting to build confidence within communities where all the representatives of all the religions were called.

A group of 40 historians, academics and activists has since the November 9 judgement moved the Supreme Court seeking a full-bench review of its final verdict.

“The faith of one of the communities was consequently regarded higher than the other, thereby violating the secular principle embedded in the Constitution,” said the petitioners.

The review petition urged the apex court to institute a full bench for hearing the review petition, as this is not merely a title dispute but “a contestation about the core of India’s constitutional morality, and the principles of equal citizenship, secularism, justice, rule of law and fraternity”.

The petition contended that the balance of probabilities was erroneously observed to be in favour of the Hindu parties by the apex court.

The petition said the top court erred in coming to a conclusion based on the fact that Hindus had proved to be worshipping in the outer courtyard since 1857, but also proved to worship in the inner courtyard prior to 1857, and the Muslim parties failed to prove exclusive possession of the inner courtyard.

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