Following allegations of a clash with fellow party member and MLC Ashu Malik, Samajwadi Party leader Pawan Pandey on Wednesday was expelled from the party. “We have written a letter to UP CM to sack Pawan Pandey of the ministerial position over clash with MLC Ashu Malik,” said SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav in a press conference.
Earlier on Monday, SP MLC Ashu Malik had claimed that he was slapped by party leader Pawan Pandey when he was at UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s residence. He was reportedly called up to clarify things regarding his comparisons of Akhilesh Yadav and his father and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to Aurangzeb and Shahjahan respectively.
Regarding the controversy within the Samajwadi Party, Shivpal Singh Yadav said that the party and Yadav family were united during such times.
“Parivaar mein koi vivadh nahi, party mein koi vivadh nahi hai, sab ek hain (There is no dispute within the family nor the party, we are united),” said Shivpal.
On Tuesday, SP chief Mulayam Singh also denied any rift in the party and and his family which is witnessing a bitter power struggle between Akhielsh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal. The internal fight in the party came to the fore when Akhilesh sacked Shivpal from his cabinet.
Days after he was removed from the cabinet, Shivpal removed his nameplate from outside his residence in Lucknow.