Monday, September 19th, 2016

Samajwadi Party war: Fragile SP truce gets a blow as Shivpal expels Akhilesh loyalists

Mini Banerjee | September 19, 2016 6:05 pm Print
Nine leaders of Samajwadi party, all Akhilesh loyalists, have been expelled in the last two days since Shivpal Singh Yadav has taken the reins of the party.
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Despite an apparent truce, the intra-family strife continues in Samajwadi Party. This came to to the surface on Monday when State president Shivpal Singh Yadav expelled seven youth leaders including 3 MLCs who are close to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. With today’s action, nine leaders of Samajwadi party, all Akhilesh loyalists, have been expelled in the last two days since Shivpal Singh Yadav has taken the reins of the party.

The leaders expelled include MLCs Anand Bhadauria, Sunil Yadav Sajan, and Sanjay Lathar along with Samajwadi Youth Brigade national president Gaurav Dubey and its state president Mohammad Ebad, Yuvjan Sabha state president Brajesh Yadav and Chatra Sabha state president Digvijay Singh Deo for anti-party activities.

All of them have been suspended for unspecified “derogatory comments” against party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is Shivpal’s elder brother and Akhilesh’s father.
All the seven expelled youth leaders are close to Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and they had led the protest on Saturday last demanding that Akhilesh should be reinstated as state president of the party.

On Sunday, immediately after Shivpal took charge as state president, he expelled Ram Gopal Yadav’s nephew and MLC Arvind Pratap Singh and former pradhan of Saifai Akhilesh Kumar Yadav alias Chandgiram for anti-party activities. Surprisingly, the expulsion letter, a copy of which was sent to party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav for further action, was not sent to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav though he is national president of party’s youth wing.

“I will not allow anyone to indulge in indiscipline. These leaders are punished for insulting the party’s national president,” he said. “Even if any member of our family will do anything wrong , I will not spare him,” he said.

Shivpal has also asked state unit spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary, an Akhilesh favourite, “to stop sitting in the spokesperson’s chamber”, an insider said. The CM’s another confidante, Arvind Singh Gope, was also removed from the post of state general secretary.

The latest crisis began on Tuesday when Mulayam unilaterally replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal as state party president, prompting the chief minister to retaliate by stripping his uncle of the key portfolios of public works, irrigation, and revenue. Akhilesh won the round with Shivpal blinking first and quitting the cabinet and his party post on Thursday, following which Akhilesh and Mulayam rejected both resignations on Friday, signalling a truce.

It was then decided that Shivpal would remain state unit chief and his ministries would be restored except for public works, while Akhilesh would select all the 403 poll candidates.

Mini Banerjee