The Samajwadi Party on Monday expelled senior leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav from its national executive committee. No post was assigned to them in party’s National Office bearers list which is to be submitted to the Election Commission. This comes days after Mulayam rejected any difference with son and party president Akhilesh Yadav, and ruled out forming any new party.
There was suspense as to whether the SP founder, Mulayam Singh Yadav, will remain its patron. Party spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said he was not aware of any such post. “The party constitution does not have any provision for such a post. I am not aware whether he is the patron or not,” the SP spokesperson told PTI.
The SP patriarch was made the party patron after a bitter feud in the Yadav clan climaxed with his son Akhilesh Yadav snatching the mantle of the party president from him at an emergency national convention here on January 1.
As per the list released by SP principal general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, Kironmay Nanda has been retained as the party’s national vice president. The executive has 10 general secretaries, including Azam Khan, Naresh Agarwal and Indrajeet Saroj, 10 secretaries, 25 members including Jaya Bachchan and six special invitees.
The party has retained Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Seth as its treasurer. Seth is a builder considered close to Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Earlier, speculation was rife in political circles that the 77-year-old Mulayam Singh was likely to announce a new outfit at the press conference along with virtually defunct Lok Dal, while retaining the ‘samajwadi’ tag in its name. Shivpal had announced in June that he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front “to fight communal forces”.
Both Mulayam and Shivpal have been sidelined by Akhilesh ever since he snatched the crown of SP chief from his father at the party’s national convention here on January 1. Taking full control of the party after being crowned as its head and allotted the ‘bicycle’ symbol by the EC on January 16, Akhilesh has been going full throttle consolidating his grip over the party.
(With PTI inputs)