22/01/2017 12:25 PM IST | Updated 22/01/2017 12:41 PM IST

Mulayam Singh Remains Conspicuous By His Absence As Samajwadi Party Releases Poll Manifesto

The political drama continues.

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The political drama in the first family of Uttar Pradesh refused to die down as Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh was seen missing as the party released its election manifesto for the high-voltage assembly polls.

According to sources, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan visited Mulayam at his residence here and tried to pacify him to attend the event.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh called up Mulayam to inquire about the same.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh had earlier on Friday announced candidates for 209 constituencies, which will vote in the first two phases of the assembly polls.

Mulayam on Monday accused Akhilesh of having overlooked the welfare of Muslims and asserted that he would fight against his son if Akhilesh did not heed to his advice.

Addressing party workers at the party headquarters, Mulayam said, "I always advocated the interest of Muslims. When I ensured the appointment of a Muslim as the State's Director General of Police (DGP), Akhilesh did not talk to me for 15 days. He did not want any Muslim on this post. It sent out an anti-Muslim message," he claimed.

Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases beginning 11 February and results will be announced on 11 March.

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