Reacting to Samajwadi Party’s decision to expel him for ‘colluding with the BJP’, Ram Gopal Yadav on Sunday said he is not sad but hurt by the development. “Not sad that I have been expelled from the party but I am hurt because of the allegations that have been levelled against me,” said Yadav adding that he will continue to support Akhilesh Yadav.
“Whether I am in Samajwadi Party or not I will continue to extend my support to Akhilesh Yadav till he becomes CM,” said Yadav.
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He also rubbished the allegation of being involved with BJP to save himself and his son from a CBI probe saying “it’s not a crime to meet leaders from any other political party in a democracy.
Ram Gopal showed respect to party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and said, “he is not just my elder brother but also my ‘guru’ in politics, currently is surrounded by evil powers.”
The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh appeared to be headed for a split as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his party supremo and father Mulayam Singh were engaged in an open face-off, sacking each other’s loyalists.
While Akhilesh sacked Shivpal, his uncle and party’s state unit chief, along with three other “pro-Amar Singh” ministers from his Cabinet, his father hit back by dismissing Ramgopal, pro-CM cousin and SP’s national general secretary, from the party for six years.
Shivpal told media persons that Ramgopal was colluding with BJP and had thrice met a senior leader of the saffron party to save himself and his son from a CBI probe in connection with alleged involvement in the Yadav Singh Noida scam probe.
He said he was not worried about being dropped from the government and declared that the state Assembly elections would be fought under the leadership of Mulayam.