The Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday expelled Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and party general secretary and cousin Ramgopal Yadav for 6 years after he called emergency meeting of the party on January 1. The decision will lead to a political crisis in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam took strong exeption to Akhilesh Yadav’s parallel list and remarks made in public by Ramgopal. Speaking to reporters, Mulayam said, “No one has the right to call for a national executive meet other than the party chief; by doing this you have hurt the party’s interest. New Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh will be decided by us, we have to save the party, that is why we have expelled both Akhilesh and Ramgopal.” Following the news, frenzied Akhilesh supporters indulged in angry protests in front of Mulayam’s residence.
Flanked by brother Shivpal Yadav, who has been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister, Mulayam said he had taken the action against Akhilesh and Ramgopal to save the party which he had built through hard efforts. Mulayam also appealed party workers to not attend the convention called by the Akhilesh-Ram Gopal faction. Reacting to the expulsion, Ram Gopal Yadav said, “This is unconstitutional as both of us were expelled within two hours after they gave the notice & without listening to our answers. Charges against us are all false. It’s unconstitutional to expel someone without listening to them just hours after issuing show-cause notice.” Ramgopal also went on to say that he is still the general secretary of SP and party meet called by him on Sunday will take place in any eventuality. He urged the party workers to come to Ram Manohar Lohiya University on January 1 at 11am to discuss as to how to stop those doing wrong in party.
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“How can he (Akhilesh) release the list when the party has declared its candidates? Both Akhilesh and Ramgopal want to finish the party. I will not let it happen. I have built this party through hard work,” Mulayam said. “I had made Akhilesh the Chief Minister with much fanfare,” he added. With regard to the emergency meeting called by Ramgopal on Sunday, Mulayam said only the party president has the power to convene such a meeting. “The party cannot run on Ramgopal’s whims,” Mulayam said. He said Ramgopal has not only indulged in indiscipline but is causing a big harm to the party. “As of now we have expelled him, but we will take further action against him,” he party chief asserted. Pouring scorn on Ramgopal, Mulayam said he has “ruined” the finishing career of Akhilesh who “does not understand”.
BJP today termed the infighting in the Samajwadi Party as a “scripted drama” to divert people’s attention from the “all-round failures” of the Akhilesh Yadav government. “Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has betrayed the people of Uttar Pradesh with the all-round failures of his government. He has not fulfilled any promise. People are feeling betrayed. What is happening in SP is a scripted drama to divert people’s attention. UP people had already waved Akhilesh off, his expulsion doesn’t have much impact. In family-centered parties, if the family breaks up, the party also falls apart,” its National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
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Sharad Yadav of Janta Dal United said, “Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav’s expulsion from the Samajwadi Party was unfortunate. However it is their internal matter of the party.
As Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav were at loggerheads over the ticket distribution, Ram Gopal Yadav had asserted that they will field its candidates based on the list released by the Chief Minister in the upcoming assembly polls. “The list released by Akhilesh list is our list. The contestants will be fielded according to this. Further will be decided within two-three days,” Yadav said. Yadav further said that there are some people within the party, who are misleading Mulayam and running the party on their whims.
On Thursday, Akhilesh released a list of 235 candidates out of a total of 403 seats for the upcoming state assembly elections, a day after his father and party supremo had released the official list, hinting at a deepening crisis within the party. Akhilesh met Mulayam on Thursday, but as per sources, the party chief refused to make changes in the list of 325 candidates issued by him on Wednesday. Akhilesh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mulayam, however, said that his son, being the Chief Minister, can contest from any assembly seat he wishes to.