Supporters of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and those of his uncle Shivpal Yadav clashed outside Samajwadi Party headquarters in Lucknow on Monday morning. Supporters of the rival SP factions came to blows with each other as Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav prepares to meet as scheduled on Monday morning. Both Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh arrived at the party office for the meeting called by the latter.
On Sunday, the feud in the Yadav family came out in the open after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father and party supremo Mulayam Singh sacked each other’s loyalists, Shivpal Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav. While Akhilesh sacked his uncle and party’s state unit chief, Shivpal Yadav 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.
Akhilesh on Sunday said he would continue opposing Amar Singh, who was re-admitted into the party despite the CM’s objections, and that whoever supported the SP Rajya Sabha MP would not be acceptable to him.