The Samajwadi Party expelled as many as 5 leaders on Saturday, reported news agency ANI. The decision was taken in the backdrop of Shivpal Yadav’s announcement to form a new party ‘Samajwadi Secular Morcha’. According to the agency, the list of expelled leaders includes the names of Mohammad Shahid, Deepak Mishra, Kallu Yadav, Rajesh Yadav and Rakesh Yadav. All the leaders have been removed from the party with immediate effect. The expelled leaders are considered close to Shivpal Yadav, DD news reported.
Earlier in the day Mulayam Singh Yadav who was in Mainpuri was asked about Shivpal Yadav’s decision to form a new party with him (Mulayam) as the chief, to which he responded by saying efforts should be made to strengthen the Samajwadi Party. On Shivpal Yadav’s comment terming Ramgopal Yadav as “Shakuni”, Mulayam said, “Whatever he (Shivpal) said is true. Attempts were made to ensure his defeat and money was also spent for it.”
Taking a dig at Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party patron said it was his mistake not to become the chief minister when the party won in 2012 assembly elections, reported news agency ANI. “Meri galti thi, humen hi banna chahiye that mukhyamantri, to aaj ye sthiti paida nahi hoti (It is my mistake, I should have become the chief minister then this situation would not have arisen),” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
He also blamed the alliance with Congress for Samajwadi Party’s poor performance in this year’s assembly elections. “Hamari zindagi barbaad karne mein Congress ne koi kami nahi rakhi, kitne cases lagaaye. Inhone Congress se gathbandhan kiya (Congress left no stone unturned to ruin my life. It (Congress) lodged cases against me and Akhilesh forged an alliance with it),” he said. “Alliance with Congress is responsible for the present poor state of the party. I had advised Akhilesh not to go ahead with it but he did so. The SP is itself responsible for its defeat and not the people of the state”, he told reporters at Manipuri according to a report by PTI.