The simmering drama within the Yadav family took a new twist on Monday with the state president of Samajwadi Party, Shivpal Singh Yadav, expelling seven loyalists of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on the grounds of indiscipline, anti-party activities and making derogatory remarks against Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Among the seven, three were MLCs and four chiefs of the frontal units of the party.
The seven leaders are Sunil Singh Yadav, Vidhan Parishad member-MLC and youth leader; Anand Bhadauria, Vidhan Parishad member-MLC and youth leader; Md Ebad, state president of Youth Brigade; Brijesh Yadav, state president Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha; Sanjay Lathar, Vidhan Parishad member-MLC and youth leader; Gaurav Dubey, national president of youth brigade and Digvijay Singh Deo, state president of Chatra Sabha. Another MLC, Arvind Pratap Yadav, who is also Ramgopal Yadav’s nephew, was fired for “indiscipline and anti-party activities” on Sunday.
The move is being seen as dashing all hopes of a truce between the chief minister and his uncle, after the much-publicised spat last week, signaling that the patch-up in the Samajwadi Party first family would not be a lasting solution, though the CM on Monday asked all party members to abide by the decision of the national president of the party and not indulge in any protest against it.
It may be mentioned that Akhilesh and Shivpal had publicly fought over the CM’s removal as party state chief, with Akhilesh withdrawing all crucial portfolios from Shivpal, leaving only social welfare in his hands. In response to it, Shivpal reacted by sending resignation letters from his positions in the party and the Cabinet. It was then that Mulayam Singh had to intervene to return status quo, with Shivpal getting back all but one of his portfolios and also retaining the post of state party presidentship.