Hours after Shivpal Yadav was sacked from the Uttar Pradesh cabinet by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party on Sunday expelled prominent leader Ram Gopal Yadav, considered close to the CM. In a press conference after being sacked from the cabinet, Shivpal told reporters that Ram Gopal was expelled from the party removed from its General Secretary position for six years.
Shivpal claimed that Ram Gopal was involved with the BJP and hatching conspiracy against the SP which Akhilesh was not understanding. “CM Akhilesh Yadav must understand who is with him and who is not. He (Ram Gopal Yadav) has been conspiring against me, he has been involved with BJP to save his son. They have created a group of goons who trouble people and create every kind of nuisance in the state,” said Shivpal.
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He added,”Ram Gopal has always misused the name of Netaji and is involved with corrupt people. He betrayed us to save his son and daughter-in-law from a CBI case, he tried to tarnish party’s image.”
Ram Gopal Yadav triggered a fresh controversy in the morning when he released a letter saying that only Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav can lead the party to victory in the coming assembly polls.
He had also said that people opposing the Chief Minister were corrupt and without character.
Shivpal Yadav, who was earlier sacked from the cabinet by Akhilesh Yadav, said that Ram Gopal Yadav had always behaved like a dictator and had now connived with “communal forces” to destabilize and weaken the SP.
He also said that when the earlier BSP government hounded the SP workers, Ram Gopal Yadav never came to their aid.
Deepening the crisis in SP, Akhilesh Yadav, earlier in the day, sacked four pro-Amar Singh ministers including his uncle Shivpal Yadav, almost pushing the ruling party to the brink of a split.
The trouble in SP hit a new low this morning with the chief minister convening a meeting of party legislators here and recommending to Governor Ram Naik that Shivpal, Narad Rai and Om Prakash Singh (all Cabinet ministers) and Sayeda Shadab Fatima (MoS – Independent charge) be sacked from his ministry. A Raj Bhawan communique said the recommendation was accepted with immediate effect.
Following the extreme action against supporters of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, the Mulayam-camp followers got into a huddle at the residence of the SP supremo at a stone’s throw distance from the CM’s bungalow to decide the next course of action.
Some SP leaders even suggested that a new party named National Samajwadi Party or Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party with motorcycle as its symbol could be launched by the Chief Minister.