Samajwadi Party crisis boils over: Akhilesh Yadav is new party chief, Mulayam Singh expels Ramgopal

At the party's national executive Party meeting convened by general secretary Ramgopal Yadav today, party leaders unanimously elected Akhilesh to lead Samajwadi Party.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 2, 2017 12:00:30 pm
Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and newly unanimously elected party's national president Akhilesh Yadav addresses as SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav looks on during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow on Sunday. PTI Photo by Nand Kumar(PTI1_1_2017_000097B) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and newly unanimously elected party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav addresses as SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav looks on during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow on Sunday. (Source: PTI Photo)

The crisis within the Samajwadi Party refused to die down as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was on Sunday crowned as the party chief, a position that has been held by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav for decades. At the party’s national executive Party meeting convened by national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav today, party leaders unanimously elected Akhilesh to lead Samajwadi Party. The decision was termed as “unconstitutional” by Mulayam and has once again expelled Ramgopal from the party for six years. Party vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda and state general secretary Naresh Agarwal were also expelled for attending the meeting.

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Soon after being proposed as the national president of the party, Akhilesh said his respect for his father was more than ever and that he would stand against those conspiring against the party. “Those who conspired against the party, damaged it and also posed problems before the national president…should know that my respect for the national president (Mulayam Singh) will be more than before,” the chief minister said.

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and newly unanimously elected party's national president Akhilesh Yadav with his supporters during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow on Sunday. PTI Photo by Nand Kumar(PTI1_1_2017_000093B) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and newly unanimously elected party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav with his supporters during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow on Sunday. (Source: PTI Photo)

“…People might raise questions and level allegations but I said this before and say it again that as his son if there is any conspiracy against the party and him it is my duty to stand against them,” he said.

“I had said that I was ready to step down as state unit president earlier too… He had made me the CM and gave me a chance to work…,” he said.

Akhilesh first decision as party chief was to replace his uncle Shivpal Yadav as SP’s state president by appointing Naresh Utam to the post. Separate resolutions were also moved by Ramgopal at the convention to expel Amar Singh and remove Shivpal from the post. Stung by the developments, Mulayam issued a strongly-worded letter against his cousin brother Ramgopal. “The parliamentary board of the party declares all the proposals, decisions and the convention itself illegal and expels Ramgopal, who convened the convention, for six years,” he said in the letter. Akhilesh supporters also laid seize to the party headquarters in Lucknow and forcibly removed Shivpal’s nameplate outside his office.

Lucknow : SP workers celebrate after UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav elected party's national president unanimously during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow on Sunday. PTI Photo by Nand Kumar(PTI1_1_2017_000103B) SP workers celebrate after UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav elected party’s national president unanimously during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow on Sunday. (Source: PTI Photo)

On Saturday, Akhilesh, in a show of strength, met 200 of the party’s 229 MLAs at his residence just a day after he was expelled along with his uncle Ramgopal from the party. In what was seen as an act of defiance, Akhilesh released a parallel candidates list for contesting in the upcoming state assembly polls soon after Mulayam announced his. The expulsion order was revoked within 24 hours and both were reinducted into SP.

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