Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday removed 82 Samajwadi Party leaders who were enjoying the minister of state (MoS) status since 2012. The sacked leaders were appointed as advisors in various departments and chairmen of various corporations and commissions.
All these leaders were given the MoS status following lobbying and recommendations from various quarters, including senior political leaders and religious leaders. They also got the salary of an MoS, accommodation in Lucknow and other perks.
“I can tell you the reason for their removal after consulting the leadership,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary said.