Lucknow: In a dramatic development ahead of UP polls, the Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son and Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav from the party along with his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav for 6 years.
Earlier, Mulayam had declared the list of candidates for the upcoming elections when Akhilesh Yadav was on a tour of Bundelkhand. The list is said to have excluded all Akhilesh supporters while including those from the rival camp of his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav. As soon as he came back to the State capital Lucknow, he called a meeting with all his supporters. In the same meeting Ram Gopal Yadav, close confidante of Akhilesh, is said to have made sharp remarks on the candidate list given by Mulayam Singh, adding that those who opposed the Chief Minister are his opponents too.
During today’s press conference Mulayam Singh accused Ram Gopal of unconstitutionally calling a party meeting, when only the head of the party is entitled to do so. Consequently he said Ram Gopal and Akhilesh will be expelled from the party for 6 years. He further said that he has build this party with his hard work and this move is necessary to save the Samajwadi Party from disintegration.
Previously, Akhilesh Yadav had declared his own list of 235 candidates yesterday as a response to Mulayam’s list, which included loyalists like Arvind Singh ‘Gope’ and Pawan Pandey, who were denied ticket by Mulayam Singh Yadav. In a further tit-for-tat action, Akhilesh also sacked two Shivpal loyalists — Surabhi Shukla, vice-chairperson of UP Awas Vikas Parishad and her husband Sandeep Shukla from the post of advisor of Rajkiya Nirman Nigam. Sandeep was a candidate in Mulayam’s list from the Sultanpur Sadar seat.
Mulayam had also rejected Akhilesh’s proposal for a tie-up with the Congress before polls.
Senior party leader Azam Khan remarked that such a family feud will cause deep mistrust between blood relations in future apart from disorienting the supporters. He added that from now on, every father and son will never trust each other in the same way as before.