SP divided in two camps on prez-poll eve, cross-voting likely
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SP divided in two camps on prez-poll eve, cross-voting likely

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The Samajwadi Party appears divided on the eve of the presidential election with camps led by its patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and party chief Akhilesh Yadav all set to vote for rival candidates, triggering possibility of cross-voting.Though the division in the party may not have any bearing on the election result, it will certainly complicate the family feud further, said an SP insider, requesting anonymity.The sharp differences in the SP on the issue of presidential nominee was clear right from the day Ram Nath Kovind was chosen as the NDA nominee.Soon after the announcement of Kovind's name, Mulayam had attended a dinner hosted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on June 20.It was seen in political circles as a clear indication of Mulayam's support to the NDA candidate.Significantly, the dinner was skipped by Akhilesh and Mayawati, who are supporting the opposition candidate.The SP patron's vote for Kovind became a foregone conclusion the very day he openly described him as a "strong candidate", said the SP insider."Ram Nath Kovind is a good candidate.

I have a very old relations with him. BJP has selected a strong candidate. The most important thing is that the BJP has a majority," Mulayam had said on record.On expected lines, Shivpal, the warring uncle of Akhilesh, said that whatever his elder brother Mulayam deci...

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