Shivapal Singh Yadav's son, whose viral pictures have led to question his candidature 

Amidst this political fervor, a series of photos featuring Aditya Yadav, son of Shivpal Yadav and candidate of the Samajwadi Party, have ignited a social media storm.

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Satyam Singh
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As the Lok Sabha elections progress with two phases already completed, the focus shifts to the remaining four phases that will determine the country's future. Amidst this political fervor, a series of photos featuring Aditya Yadav, son of Shivpal Yadav and candidate of the Samajwadi Party, have ignited a social media storm.

The controversy began when Mahendra Vikram, Kanpur BJP Zonal Social Media Convenor, shared a post on X, a microblogging site. Shivpal Yadav’s son and Samajwadi Party’s candidate Aditya Yadav can be seen in inappropriate circumstances with female companions during a pool party dating back to 2012.

Social media reaction

Mahendra Vikram's post garnered over 500k views, drawing mixed reactions from social media users. While some marveled at the rare glimpse into Shivpal's son's life, others questioned the ethics and intentions behind sharing personal photos from Aditya's past. A user asked about his intention to post these photos, "This is his personal life, and he was a student then, and what is wrong with that?"

Aditya Yadav's candidacy

Despite the social media storm, the Samajwadi Party formally announced Aditya Yadav as their candidate from Budaun. This decision came after earlier speculations and resolutions from party workers urging Aditya's candidacy. Shivpal Yadav, the national general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, supported his son's foray into electoral politics. At 35, Aditya Yadav represents the younger generation of the Yadav clan stepping into the political arena alongside family members like Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav, and Akshay Yadav.

Aditya Yadav's professional profile includes positions on the Board of Directors at Indian Farm Forestry Cooperative Limited (IFFDC) and as one of the youngest Directors on the Global Board of International Co-operative Alliance.

SP reshuffles in UP

Apart from Aditya's candidacy, the Samajwadi Party has also replaced candidates in other constituencies, signaling strategic shifts in their electoral lineup. Ram Bhual Nishad, for instance, has been named the official candidate for the Sultanpur seat.