CRACKING THE whip on three of its leaders, Samajwadi Party has expelled former national presidents of two of its wings — Chhatra Sabha and Lohia Vahini — and the son of its Etah MLA for “indulging in anti-party activities and indiscipline”
SP’s chief spokesperson Shivpal Yadav said in a press statement that the three leaders — Sunil Singh ‘Sajan’, Anand Bhadauria and Subodh Yadav — were expelled following a meeting at party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence to discuss various complaints of infighting among SP leaders reportedly over selecting candidates for the post of zila panchayat’s chairman.
Sources inform that Mulayam asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to expel the three leaders against whom complaints were received.
While Sajan used to be the former national president of SP’s student wing and Bhadauria the party’s frontal organisation Lohia Vahini, at the time of their sacking, the two were members of the SP’s state executive committee and considered close to Akhilesh. Subodh, the son of party’s Etah MLA Rameshwar Yadav, did not hold any post.
MLA Rameshwar Yadav is known to be a relative of senior leader Ramgopal Yadav.
All three leaders had opposed the selection of candidates for the zila panchayat’s chairperson post, an SP leader said. Sajan was reportedly opposing the nomination of Jyoti Rawat in Unnao while Bhadauria that of Seema Gupta in Sitapur.
Infighting had reached such a stage that the entire district unit of Unnao had written a letter to the party leadership against Jyoti Rawat; protests were also held in Sitapur. The opposing groups, while citing their displeasure, would refer to the two candidates as “BSP turncoats”.
Subodh, on the other hand, opposed Saguna Katheria, candidate from Farrukhabad and wife of SP MLA Ajit Katheria.
Initial reports of infighting had started trickling in after the first list of candidates was announced on December 14. Nearly half a dozen candidates have been changed while a few ministers have openly expressed their disapproval, sources said.
In Gonda, agriculture minister Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh has been served warning to mend his ways after he made known his unhappiness over the nomination of Vijay Laxmi Singh, wife of former minister Yogesh Pratap Singh.
A similar action was taken in Gorakhpur on December 20 where party top leadership issued show cause notice to its four local leaders including former district unit president Rammilan Yadav, former district unit vice-president Kunwar Pratap Singh, former block pramukh Ramdhari Yadav and district unit secretary Sandeep Tripathi for opposing SP’s official candidate Geetanjali Yadav. The party also expelled district unit spokesperson Kalishanker Yadav and removed district unit presidents of Yuvjan Sabha and Chhatra Sabha, Shyam Yadav and Mohammad Azam Lari, respectively.
Going by the volume of resentment, the party leadership has now given the task of damage control to Shivpal who is now monitoring the development in every districts.