Within hours of taking charge as the new Samajwadi Party (SP) president of the state unit, Shivpal Yadav Sunday expelled MLC Arvind Pratap Yadav, the nephew of SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, from the party.
Ram Gopal is party president Mulayam Singh’s cousin and had last week faulted the removal of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the SP’s state chief.
According to party state secretary S R S Yadav, the SP state president expelled Arvind on the charges of making derogatory remarks against party’s national president, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and for anti-party activities and indiscipline.
Arvind is a first time MLC, who was earlier block pramukh in Karhal, Mainpuri — a stronghold of the SP. He was elected MLC from Etah-Mathura-Mainpuri local body constituency earlier this year.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Arvind said: “All these charges are baseless. I respect Netaji (Mulayam) and I could never speak against him. I have been expelled for some personal reasons.”
Shivpal also expelled former village pradhan Akhilesh Kumar Yadav of Saifai block in Etawah on the charges anti-party activities and indiscipline.
Few hours before the announcement, Shivpal reached the party’s state headquarters for the first time after getting the state president’s post. After a week-long turmoil in the party and protests by rival groups, Shivpal addressed SP workers at party office Sunday and warned them that he will not tolerate groupism in the party.
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Addressing the workers in a closed-door meeting, Shivpal said: “If anyone is involved in groupism, even at district level, inform me, I will expel that person from the party.” In a reference to the recent turmoil within the party, Shivpal said that all issues have been settled and everyone has to follow the decisions taken by Mulayam.
Shivpal also asked the party workers to remain united with the slogan — “Hum ek hain” — and fight the election with discipline. He asked them to first raise the slogan of ‘Samajwadi Party Zindabad’ at every every election meeting, followed by “Mulayam Singh Yadav Zindabad”.
The third slogan, he added, will be with name of the chief guest — whether its Shivpal Yadav or Akhilesh Yadav— followed by Zindabad. On Sunday, while Mulayam left for Delhi in the morning after meeting Shivpal at the airport, he reached the party office with his son Aditya Yadav and party state secretary SRS Yadav. Shivpal was welcomed there by the party workers with garlands and bouquets.