<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Daggers are drawn in the Samajwadi Party, again. Two days after the party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav criticised the SP-Congress electoral alliance, his younger brother Shivpal Yadav on Tuesday announced that he would float a new party after the UP Assembly election results are out on March 11. Holding out an open threat of sabotage, Shivpal Yadav said he would campaign for the Samajwadi Party rebels.“You (Akhilesh group) form the government, we will form a new party after March 11,” Shivpal, the estranged uncle of SP President and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, drawing a sharp retort from his nephew who warned in Etah that those working against the party will not go unpunished.Speaking to reporters after filing his nomination papers for Jaswantnagar seat in Etawah district, Shivpal Yadav said he had entered the fray on an SP ticket going against the wishes of his supporters who wanted him to contest as an independent.He accused Akhilesh Yadav of humiliating Mulayam Singh. Shivpal, who got the SP ticket after Mulayam intervened on his behalf, said he repeatedly requested Akhilesh not to insult the party supremo but he did not listen.Dismissing his uncle Shivpal Yadav’s threat today to float a new party, Samajwadi Party president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said he has the blessings of his father and the “entire family is one”.“The entire family is one…I have the blessings of Netaji…we will win over 300 (of the 403) seats in alliance with Congress this time,” Akhilesh told a public meeting in Sikandaru for the candidates of the SP-Congress alliance on Sadabad, Sikandarau and Hathras seatsShivpal’s threats, political analysts claim, could go against the SP-Congress combine, which has been hoping for a solid consolidation of Muslim voters in its favour.Muslims, who had for decades since independence stood behind the Congress, drifted away from it and backed Mulayam’s party in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition.A three-way split in Muslim votes — among Mulayam loyalists, SP-Congress combine and Mayawati’s BSP – would benefit BJP, which is seeking to storm back to power in the key cow belt state after a hiatus of 15 years.If Shivpal carries out the threat and campaigns for the rebels, it would also create confusion among SP’s Yadav vote bank. —With inputs from agencies

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UP Elections 2017: Shivpal Yadav to back SP rebels