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Friendship Day 2017: When friends turn foes in politics

Friendship Day 2017: We take a took at the political upheavals in the last two decades.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee started her political career as a member of Congress party in 1970s and saw a quick rise in stature. In 1996, Mamata alleged that the Congress is working as a stooge for the ruling CPI-M government in West Bengal. She floated the idea of contesting elections on her own party symbol from nascent Trinamool Congress in 1997, after which she was expelled from the party. Banerjee formed Trinamool Congress in the 1998. Express photo by Renuka Puri

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began her political career as a member of Congress party in 1970s and quickly rose in stature. In 1996, Mamata alleged that the Congress was working as hand-in-glove with the ruling CPI-M government in West Bengal. She floated the idea of contesting elections on her own party symbol (Trinamool Congress) in 1997, which saw her being expelled from the party. She later formed the Trinamool Congress in the 1998. (Source: Express archive)

In the year 1995, friction betweem BSP's Mayawati and her political mentor sparked rumours of a split within the party. According to reports, Kanshi Ram became skeptical about Mayawati and began to suspect that she is planning to sideline him as she began to take all the important decisions in the party. Mayawati's public humiliation of Kanshi Ram's advisers also did not go down well with her mentor. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Batra)

Raj Thackeray, announced a decision to resign from all party posts, in the year 2006, in a fax to his uncle Bal Thackeray. He also questioned the electoral defeats suffered by Shiv Sena at the time. He further went on to announce the launch of a new party called MNS and criticised Shiv Sena's leadership. Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray with Raj Thackeray. Express archive photo

In 2005, former Shiv Sena Leader Raj Thackeray announced his decision to resign from all party posts after developing differences with his uncle and party chief Bal Thackeray. He also had a fall out with his cousin Uddhav Thackeray. While announcing his decision, he questioned the electoral defeat suffered by the party at the time. He also criticised the party leadership at a media event. The next year, he decided to launch his own party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). (Source: Express archive)

In 1999, Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference formed an alliance with Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA government. But after 2002, when Abdullah's son Omar Abdullah took charge of the party, the party decided to end their ties with NDA. In an interview in 2006, Farooq Abdullah said he made a mistake to stay in an alliance with the NDA after the 2002 Gujarat riots. In 2014, he ruled out any chance of his party forming another coalition with NDA again. (Source: Express Photo)

Son of former Andhra Prdesh Chief Minister Y S Rajashekhara Reddy, Jaganmohan Reddy, split with the Congress and formed the YSR Congress in 2010. The tensions between Reddy and Congress began after a faction of Congress leaders supported Jagamohan's bid to become the chief minister of the state after his father's death. The party high commanded, however, chose Rosaiah, who was finance minister in YSR's Cabinet, to continue in the role. (Source: Express archive photo)

K Chandrasekhar Rao joined Telugu Desham Party (TDP) in 1983. In 1996, he served as a Transport minister in N Chandrababu Naidu's cabinet in Andhra Pradesh. He went on to serve as the deputy speaker of AP Assembly from 2000-2001, after which he shifted his attention to people from the Telangana region. In 2001, he resigned from all party posts of TDP and formed his own party, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), to campaign for Telangana statehood. (Source: Express Photo)