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

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Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) 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, sources said.

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 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.

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