Indirectly referring to his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, expelled Uttar Pradesh cabinet Minister and State SP chief Shivpal Yadav said a senior Samajwadi Party(SP) leader is creating a rift in the party and “liaising with the BJP to escape the CBI’s noose.”
He was speaking to media after meeting the SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. Shivpal was expelled along with three senior ministers from the cabinet in a meeting called by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Ram Gopal has been facing CBI probe for his alleged involvement in the Yadav Singh corruption case. But, it is still not clear what made Yadav to suddenly pick up the issue of the ongoing CBI probe after his exit from the party.
He made it clear recently that he is not at all worried about his expulsion from the cabinet. He said he will contect the elections under Mulayam’s leadership and win on behalf of SP.
The split in SP took a dramatic turn when Akhilesh sacked four ministers including his uncle Shivpal. All the four ministers were considered to be “Amar Singh loyalists” in the cabinet.
Last month, Amar Singh has been made the national secretary of SP, six years after his removal from the party. This move has created a significant friction in the relations between Mulayam and Akhilesh, according to commentators.
Earlier, Ram Gopal has patronized Akhilesh saying he has brought electoral wins to the Party one after another. In a letter addressed to SP workers, he said “Those who oppose Akhilesh won’t be able to show their faces in the legislative assembly. Where Akhilesh is, victory follows”.
The recent feud in Samajwadi Party clearly shows the SP Chief Mulayam and his brother are on one side while Akhilesh and Party’s youth faction are on the other side. Strife has begun last month when Mulayam replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal as State party chief and expelled so many youth functionaries who were loyal to Akhilesh.
The ongoing tussle in the party will be a big blow for SP’s hopes in their election campaigns for the upcoming polls in 2017.