Samajwadi Party row LIVE: Mulayam’s party on brink of split as CM sacks Shivpal; Ramgopal expelled

Ruling Samajwadi Party appeared to be headed for a split as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his party supremo and father Mulayam Singh were engaged in an open face-off, sacking each other's loyalists Shivpal Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 24, 2016 11:39 am
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The turf war in Samajwadi Party took a new turn on Sunday after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle and senior party leader Shivpal Yadav from the cabinet along with three others. The news came after Akhilesh called a meeting of legislators at party office in Lucknow at 11:00 am this  morning.

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Mainpuri MLA Raju Yadav spoke after attending the meeting saying: “Chief Minister said that whoever is close to Amar Singh cannot be a part of my cabinet.” News agency ANI reported that Shivpal Yadav reached party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence immediately after the news surfaced.

The rift in Samajwadi Party had become apparent after party’s mining minister Gayatri Prajapati was sacked by Akhilesh following which Mualayam Singh Yadav stripped him of the status of party president and appointed Shivpal Yadav to the position.

Two weeks after Prajapati’s expulsion, he was re inducted in the cabinet. Amar Singh – who shares a close relationship with Mulayam Singh Yadav – recently made a comeback to the party after six years and was given a Rajya Sabha seat.

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Not sad that I have been expelled from the party but I am hurt because of the allegations that have been levelled against me: Ramgopal Yadav

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BJP UP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya says that Akhilesh Yadav should prove his majority on the floor of state assembly or resign from his post: Reports PTI

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This is Chief Minister’s prerogative whom he want to keep in his cabinet: Azam Khan

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Party has not weakened or split up. It is just an ideological conflict: Azam Khan tells media

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The four ministers sacked by Akhilesh Yadav are Shivpal Yadav, Omprakash, Narad Rai and Sayeda Shadab Fatima – PTI reports

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Samajwadi Party MLA Raja Bhaiya meets CM Akhilesh Yadav at his residence

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I will remain in the party, will attend rathyatra and silver jubilee celebration, said Akhilesh Yadav : Reports local media

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Party belongs to Mulayam Singh. He is not just our leader but my father too: Local media quotes Akhilesh Yadav

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Some more pro-Amar Singh ministers are likely to be sacked from Akhilesh Yadav’s cabinet: PTI quotes sources

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Shivpal Yadav had reached Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence after the news

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