The Samajwadi Party Saturday expelled Udaiveer Singh, its MLC from Mainpuri and a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav, from the party for his “undignified conduct”. The move comes three days after Udaiveer wrote to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav alleging that his brother Shivpal and other family members were hatching a conspiracy against Akhilesh. He had also suggested Mulayam to elevate Akhilesh as the party’s national president.
The decision to expel Udaiveer was taken after a meeting of the SP state executive committee, called by Shivpal, adopted a resolution seeking action against the MLC. Akhilesh, who was also invited to the state executive meeting, skipped the event.
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“Udaiveer Singh has been expelled from the party for six years for his undignified and indisciplined behaviour. The party will not tolerate undignified behaviour and indiscipline. It (SP) has reached where it is in 25 years because of discipline,” state party spokesman Ambika Chaudhary said.
In a four-page letter to the party supremo earlier this week, Udaiveer, whose association with Akhilesh is over three decades hold, with both studying in school together, had reportedly also made some comments about Mulayam’s second wife and CM’s step mother.
Reacting to the development, Udaiveer told PTI that he had only put before Mulayam his thoughts about the “conspiracy” against Akhilesh. He said he will give “my version” only after getting the expulsion letter.
“Netaji is the patron of the party. I am confident that he will do justice to me and the chief minister,” Udaiveer told PTI adding that “those who used foul language against the party chief” were still in the party, but those who are the “real well wishers and wrote letters” were being expelled.
Another SP spokesman Gaurav Bhatia, meanwhile, said Udaiveer had crossed the “Lakshman Rekha” in choosing the words he used in his letter to Mulayam. “Questioning the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is an elected president of the party, was wrong. An MLC cannot dictate who the party president will be. Anybody committing an act of indiscipline has to be punished and this is what has happened,” Bhatia said.
Udaiveer is the fifth MLC close to Akhilesh who fell prey to the ongoing feud in the family and has been expelled from the party. Earlier, MLCs Arvind Singh, Anand Bhadauria, Sunil Singh ‘Sajan’ and Sanjay Lathar were expelled after they staged demonstration outside Mulayam’s Lucknow residence demanding to restore the post of state president to Akhilesh last month.
Four other members of the committee, including Cabinet ministers Arvind Singh Gope and Rajendra Chaudhary and MLCs Naresh Uttam and S R S Yadav, too, did not attend the meeting. All four are considered close to Akhilesh and were removed from the significant posts they had been holding before Shivpal took over as state party president.
While other leaders could not be reached for comment, Naresh Uttam said that he could not attend the meeting because he was busy in other engagement.
It was the first meeting of the party’s state executive, led by Shivpal. A party leader proposed the resolution demanding stern action against Udaiveer and “every such person who speaks and acts against decisions” of the party leadership. The resolution was passed by voice vote. After the meeting, Shivpal expelled Udaiveer from the party for six years.
Among others, the state executive also resolved that most important things in the party organisation was “dedication to the party, faith in the leadership and discipline”.
The executive also praised the works done by the Akhilesh Yadav government and assured that the achievements will be popularised among the masses.
Shivpal asked the committee workers to contribute in Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra that Akhilesh will be taking out from November 3, two days before party’s silver jubilee celebrations scheduled in Lucknow. He also asked the leaders to “welcome CM” at every place and make his yatra successful.
Later, Shivpal told reporters that he would attend the meeting of MLAs and MLCs called by Akhilesh on Sunday if gets the invitation.