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Uttar Pradesh: Shivpal Yadav takes jibe at Akhilesh, says he was sacked for checking wrongs


Shivpal was in Sambhal district to lay the foundation stone for Kalki Dhaam, but the event was put on hold by the district administration on Sunday after protests by Muslims
Shivpal Yadav

Samajwadi Party state president Shivpal Yadav on Monday claimed that he was removed from his post by his nephew and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav from the government for checking “wrongs” in the party, The Indian Express has reported.

“I had protested against those doing illegal work and land grabbing. That is why I am out of the ministry,” he said. “I will continue to raise my voice against those doing illegal work and am always with those who are doing good work – be it religious or anything else.”

Shivpal was in Sambhal district to lay the foundation stone for Kalki Dhaam, but the event was put on hold by the district administration on Sunday after protests by Muslims. He blamed the bureaucracy for halting the construction work of the temple after members of the Muslim community protested against it on Sunday, The Indian Express reported.

Shivpal, the younger brother of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, has been at loggerheads with Akhilesh and two have sparred publicly in the recent past. On October 23, Akhilesh sacked Shivpal along with three other pro-Amar Singh ministers, pushing the ruling party to the brink of a split.

The action stirred a political crisis in the party ahead of the Assembly polls in the state early next year as the tense stand-off between Akhilesh and Shivpal gave rise to intense speculation about a possible split in SP.

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