Amid the ongoing turf war within the Samajwadi Party’s first family, a section of leaders, mainly from its frontal youth organisations, Tuesday declared that they will boycott the party’s silver jubilee celebrations to be held in Lucknow on November 5 if expulsion of four MLCs and some others youth leaders considered close to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was not revoked.
The youth leaders were expelled by SP state chief and Akhilesh’s uncle Shivpal Yadav.
The demand amid reports that senior party leader Kiranmoy Nanda too has suggested revoking the expulsion. “Assembly elections are near and SP needs to go to the polls with full strength. In such a scenario, it is the need of the hour to revoke expulsion of youth leaders,” the SP vice-president told PTI after meeting Akhilesh in Lucknow.
Satyavir Singh Yadav, the state president of SP’s ex-servicemen cell, who was among about two dozen party members present at a meeting at Janeshwar Mishra Trust office, said they have passed a resolution that the expelled leaders had been part of the party’s struggle against BSP government and their expulsion should be ended.
He said the resolution has been sent to party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, requesting him to “forgive the expelled leaders and take them back into the party”.
Most of the leaders expelled from the party now meet at Janeshwar Mishra Trust office, which was inaugurated by Akhilesh a few days ago. Singh said they decided that there was “no point of taking part in the silver jubilee celebrations” if the youth leaders remain expelled. “These youth leaders had only raised slogans in favour of chief minister, which is not a crime. Netaji (Mulayam) himself asks every party worker to speak freely. The party has been harsh on them by expelling them. It is time that Netaji revoked their expulsion,” he said.
Singh said Santosh Yadav “Sunny”, an MLC, and Fida Hussain Ansari, state president of SP Minority Sabha, were among those who participated in the meeting. However, the two could not be reached for their comments.
After Akhilesh was removed from the post of SP state chief, a number of youth leaders, including MLCs, had protested the move on September 17. Two days later, they were expelled by the new state president Shivpal Yadav. Those expelled include MLCs Sunil Singh Yadav ‘Sajan’, Anand Bhadauria, Arvind Yadav and Sanjay Lathar (all MLCs); Gaurav Dubey and Mohd Ebaad, national and state presidents of Mulayam Youth Brigade, respectively; Brijesh Yadav, state president of Samajwadi Party Yuvjan Sabha; and Digvijay Singh Deo, state president of Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha.
The action had come after they had protested outside Mulayam’s residence demanding reinstatement of Akhilesh as state party president.
Later, over 50 office-bearers of various frontal organisations resigned, claiming that Akhilesh was their “undisputed” leader. Shivpal had accepted all the resignations.