Sensing the importance of the upcoming UP elections, Shivpal said, “We all have to remain united as it is election time and we have to form government again in 2017”. Amid speculations of his estranged relationship with Mulayam, Shivpal said that he is in regular touch with Netaji.

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Throwing his support behind CM Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal said that Chief Minister’s decision in any circumstances cannot be questioned. Further he added that the decision on allocation of departments comes under his jurisdiction and the party has to abide by that.

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Reflecting Mulayam’s standing in the party; Shivpal said that nobody can challenge Netaji's decisions. Asked about his future plans, he said that he will fulfill all the responsibilities that are given to him.

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“Whoever is given responsibility, whatever it be..we have to follow that”, Shivpal added.