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Samajwadi Party LIVE: Akhilesh Yadav is Chief Minister now, says Mulayam Singh Yadav
Udayveer Singh, a Samajwadi Party MLC and one of the closest aides of Akhilesh Yadav, was on Saturday expelled from the party for 'undignified' conduct days after he wrote to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav suggesting him to elevate the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as the party's national president.
Beni Prasad might replace Ram Gopal Yadav
Ram Gopal Yadav will no longer be an Rajya Sabha SP leader, the post might likely go to Beni Prasad Verma, reports CNN-News18. Meanwhile, Akhilesh and Shivpal reach Mulayam's residence.
5 November event to be attended by all
The Uttar Pradesh rath yatra planned by CM Akhilesh Yadav and the 5 November yatra by Mulayam Singh will be attended by all, reports CNN-News18.
Some SP leaders hoodwinked Mulayam: Ram Gopal Yadav
"The patience of Akhilesh Yadav was always tested but he did not give in," Ram Gopal Yadav, expelled SP leader, said. "So these magicians have hoodwinked Netaji."
Ram Gopal Yadav also said that Mulayam was jealous because Akhilesh was a more popular leader than him. "Mulayam's statements were nonsensical," he said.
"Minus Akhilesh, there is no Samajwadi Party," said the expelled SP leader.
"Amar Singh had abused Netaji so much after leaving the party. When he went to other parties, other leaders — who are smarter than the leaders from our party — did not take him into their parties," Ram Gopal Yadav also said.
"If our leaders cannot understand that parties cannot be successful solely on the basis of money, it is really unfortunate," the expelled leader said. "These leaders of the SP are criminals in the eyes of the people. You will see this in the days to come."
"Now, I have no restrictions on me. I am not in the party anymore. I will say whatever is in my heart," he said.
Akhilesh to take Shivpal back in cabinet, sources tell CNN-News18
(Updates begin for 25 October)
According to CNN-News18, sources said that a peace had been brokered between Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal and the Chief Minister was going to re-instate all the three sacked ministers.
The news channel also said that the comeback of Udayveer and Ram Gopal, who had been sacked from Samajwadi Party, was unlikely.
Shivpal-Akhilesh fallout aftermath: Ten Samajwadi Party office bearers sacked
Shivpal Yadav sacks ten SP office bearers, thought to be close to CM Akhilesh Yadav, for booing him in a retaliatory move, reported Times Now.
Akhilesh had expelled three ministers close to Amar Singh on Sunday.
Third meeting today to settle the crisis
Mulayam Singh has called another meeting to find a solution to the raging dispute between brother Shivpal and son Akhilesh at 5.30 pm on Monday. This will be the third in a single day between the family members, who are trying to end the fued.
Amar Singh like my brother: Mulayam
"Amar Singh is like my brother," said SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, adding that Amar Singh had done a lot for the party.
Shivpal a people's leader, I am the baap of goondagardi: Mulayam
"Shivpal is a people's leader," Mulayam said, adding that the Ansari family was a reputed family. "We must fight enemies, not each other."
"I am the baap of goondagardi," said the SP chief.
Those talking about weaknesses are your friends: Mulayam to Akhilesh
"I am sad with the rift in the party," Mulayam Singh Yadav said. "We are facing a difficult situation," he added.
"We worked really hard to form SP," he further said. "If you get criticised, and you feel the criticism is right, implement the change. Otherwise, if you cannot take criticism, you cannot be a leader," Mulayam said.
"I braved lathis and jail to bring party to this level...Jo bahut ucchal rahein hai agar baat aayi to ek laathi bhi nahin seh paaenge," he said. "But I have not been weakened by whatever has happened in the party so far," he further said, adding that there was a need to remove weaknesses in the party.
"Those talking about weaknesses are your friends," Mulayam said, in a message for Akhilesh. "Some ministers are just sycophants. And people who can't think big can't be a minister" he added.
"I gave tickets to youth...no one else did," the SP chief said. According to CNN-News18, Mulayam also read out the Riot Act to Akhilesh's supporters.
Amar Singh's critics not worth dust on his feet: Shivpal
"We will work against those who try to weaken and break the Samajwadi Party," Shivpal said. "This party has been formed by the hard work of Netaji...not by people who raise slogans," he added.
"Such kind of people need to be thrown out of the party," Shivpal said. Shivpal also backed Amar Singh after Akhilesh's attack on the leader. "The critics of Amar Singh are not worth the dust on his feet," said a dramatic Shivpal.
"Everyone in SP needs to dedicate themselves to winning the 2017 UP elections," ANI quoted Shivpal as saying.
"One of the agendas for this meeting was to decide a strategy for 2017 polls. And now look what this meeting has been reduced to," Shivpal said. "Netaji, please give me permission to throw away all those spreading lies within the party."
"The people hates looteras and dalals. We will never win elections through them," he further said.
"I want to say: First find out properly about your responsibilities," Shivpal said, clearly referring to Akhilesh.
Akhilesh conspired against the SP: Shivpal
"Only those who work for the poor and the farmers will work for the Samajwadi Party. Dalali (brokering deals) will not do," Shivpal said as he addressed SP workers in Lucknow.
"Akhilesh has conspired against the SP," Shivpal said, as he attacked the CM.
The feud within the party and the fight between Akhilesh and Shivpal is clearly out in the open now.
"There are so many liars in the party!" Shivpal said. "Nobody has made Mukhtar Ansari join the party...and you (Akhilesh) take the name of Mukhtar Ansari?"
"We will not tolerate people who do dalali!" he further said.
CM had told me that he will form a new party: Shivpal
"I want to say this in front of Netaji that when I went to meet the CM, the CM had said that he will form a new party," said Shivpal Yadav. "I give you my word that the Chief Minister had said this," he said.
Did I work less than the CM? says Shivpal as he lashes out at Akhilesh
"Indiscipline will not be tolerated in this party. This party has reached such heights only because of Netaji," Shivpal Yadav said as he addressed the party workers.
"I have been working for SP since 1972," he said. "Do I get no credit for building the party to what it is today?" Shivpal said.
"Did I work less than the Chief Minister? Did our department work less than the Chief Minister?" Shivpal Yadav said.
"I have been an SP worker before Akhilesh was born...which CM order did I not follow? I followed every order given by the Chief Minister," Shivpal said.
An emotional Akhilesh declares his loyalty towards Mulayam, targets Amar Singh
"I would have resigned if Netaji had wanted me to," said an emotional CM Akhilesh Yadav as he addressed SP workers.
"I fulfilled the promises I made to Netaji," he further said.
Akhilesh also targeted Amar Singh without naming him as he said that there were some people were trying to create a rift within the party.
News reports said that Akhilesh almost broke down while giving his speech. His voice choked at various points during his emotional and intense speech.
Will act against conspiracy against me, says Akhilesh as he rejects rumours of a new party
"I have told the entire cabinet that this is your party," said CM Akhilesh Yadav, as he tried shifting the focus to the development work done by the state government instead of talking about the feud within the party.
"I will stop those who conspire against me," Akhilesh said. "One of my responsibilities is to act out against any conspiracies against me. That is why I did not ask anyone else about the removals from the cabinet," he added.
(Updates begin for 24 October.)
Akhilesh Yadav set to be sacked from SP, sources tell CNN-News18
According to CNN-News18, Akhilesh Yadav is set to be sacked from the Samajwadi Party. Uttar Pradesh will be in a constitutional crisis if that happens.
Ram Gopal Yadav sacked from party and UP government for conspiring with BJP
Addressing the media, party national president Shivpal Yadav said that Ram Gopal has been working for BJP and created groups inside the Samajwadi Party to divide the party.
"They have created a group of goons who trouble people and create every kind of nuisance in the state. He (Ram Gopal) has been conspiring against me, he has been involved with BJP to save his son," Shivpal said.
What has happened till now
The trouble in SP hit a new low on Sunday morning with the chief minister convening a meeting of party legislators here and recommending to Governor Ram Naik that Shivpal, Narad Rai and Om Prakash Singh (all Cabinet ministers) and Sayeda Shadab Fatima (MoS - Independent charge) be sacked from his ministry.
A Raj Bhawan communique said the recommendation was accepted with immediate effect.
Following the extreme action against supporters of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, the Mulayam-camp followers got into a huddle at the residence of the SP supremo at a stone's throw distance from the CM's bungalow to decide the next course of action.
The fast-paced developments came a day ahead of a mega meeting of party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and ministers convened by Mulayam where some tough decisions are likely to be taken.
Will Mulayam replace Akhilesh as the Chief Minister?
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is reportedly livid with the recent developments that have everyone talking of a divided Samajwadi Party. According to sources who spoke to News18, Mulayam is apparently mulling replacing Akhilesh as the chief minister.
Mulayam, as reported by News18, cannot stand the fact that his party is divided in two halves. Akhilesh, on the other hand, wants to be the sole leader of the party. CNN-News18 executive editor Bhupendra Chaubey said that Mulayam had strictly told Akhilesh not to precipitate a situation where the party stands divided. Akhilesh, who has been very clear on his stand towards Shivpal and his closeness to Amar Singh, told Mulayam that he needs to take some tough decisions as the leader of the party.
Speculations are that Mulayam will remove Akhilesh as the chief minister and annoint himself as the chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Shivpal has misled you: Udayveer's letter to Mulayam which stoked latest SP drama
The decision to expel Udayveer was taken after the inaugural meeting of the executive committee of SP's Uttar Pradesh unit adopted a resolution seeking action against him for his "derogatory" comments against Mulayam.
In the four-page letter to the party supremo earlier this week, Udayveer had said, "SP state president Shivpal Yadav and other members of his family have misled you (Mulayam) and hatched a conspiracy against CM Akhilesh, who should be made party national president and given all the powers." Udayveer, whose association with Akhilesh is over three decades old, with both studying in school together, had reportedly also made some comments about Mulayam's second wife and Chief Minister's step mother, which angered the SP's first family.
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Is it all personal for Akhilesh?
It's interesting to note though that Akhilesh did not sack Gayatri Prajapati, a tainted minister, who was accused of being involved in illegal mining and land grabbing. Prajapati took oath of the office and secrecy for the fourth time in the past three years.
Akhilesh sacking Shivpal is thus, as has been repeated many times, a show of strength - telling Mulayam that Akhilesh is the person in-charge of the government and he will not tolerate dissent or insubordination.
The next 24 hours is crucial for the party's dynamics and Shivpal's role in the government. Mulayam is convening a meeting on Monday where, reports allege, that a solution to the ongoing impasse will be found. In the past, Mulayam has been an ardent supporter of his brother Shivpal. "While he (Shivpal) is busy doing his job honestly and efficiently, a conspiracy is afoot against him and responsible people in the government are humiliating him,” Hindustan Times quoted Mulayam as saying in August. "But if Shivpal quits, the party will go to winds," Mulayam had added.
CM Akhilesh's decision to reinstate sacked ministers: Mulayam
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday asserted that there were no differences within the family or in Uttar Pradesh's ruling party and all were "united", signalling an end to days of bitter infighting.
"Our family is united, the party is united... We stand united with full strength," Mulayam Singh said in his first media conference after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle Shivpal Yadav from the cabinet.
Asked if Shivpal Yadav and other ministers sacked by Akhilesh Yadav would be reinstated, Mulayam Singh said he would leave this decision to the Chief Minister.
The Samajwadi Party chief is said to have brokered peace between his son, Chief Minisrter Akhilesh Yadav and the party's Uttar Pradesh unit president Shivpal Yadav.
With inputs from IANS
Mulayam won't change the CM now, but his message to Akhilesh is pretty clear
Akhilesh since the very beginning has despised Amar Singh's closeness with Shivpal and Mulayam. But Mulayam has always maintained that Amar Singh is a good human being and "like a brother to me." Even in his yesterday's briefing, Akhilesh said that the rift within SP is because of Amar Singh.
Even today, during the media briefing Mulayam told a journalist not to "bring Amar Singh into everything." What we understand is that Mulayam is in no mood to entertain Akhilesh's demand of no-Amar Singh in the UP government. Mulayam knows he cannot win the elections just with Akhilesh, he will definitely need Amar Singh and Shivpal to win the crucial elections
There's no point thinking of changing leadership now: Mulayam
Q: Theres a proposition that you should be CM & all problems will be solved— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 25, 2016
Mulayam Singh: Only 2 months left for polls, why think this now?
Mulayam evades questions like this
I will not give even a single controversial answer, no matter how many controversial questions you may ask: Mulayam Singh— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 25, 2016
Mulayam's media briefing inconclusive
Mulayam Singh Yadav denies that there's no rift in the party even thought the rift is huge. While brother and recently-reinstated minister Shivpal was by Mulayam's side, son and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was conspicuously missing.
The other important takeaway from the press conference is for the first time Mulayam, who always has given priority to the party, said that crucial decisions will be taken by the legislative party. Hence, leaving major decisions with the Chief Minister.
Udayveer Singh, a Samajwadi Party MLC and one of the closest aides of Akhilesh Yadav, was on Saturday expelled from the party for "undignified" conduct days after he wrote to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav suggesting him to elevate the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as the party's national president. A decision to expel Singh was taken after the inaugural meeting of the executive committee of SP's Uttar Pradesh unit adopted a resolution seeking action against him for his "derogatory" comments against Mulayam.
"Udayveer Singh has been expelled from the party for six years for his undignified and indisciplined behaviour," state party spokesman Ambika Chaudhary said.
"The party will not tolerate undignified behaviour and indiscipline. It has reached where it is in 25 years because of discipline," Chaudhary said.
In the four-page letter to the party supremo earlier this week, Singh had said, "SP state president Shivpal Yadav and other members of his family have misled you (Mulayam) and hatched a conspiracy against CM Akhilesh, who should be made party national president and given all the powers."
Singh, whose association with Akhilesh is over three decades hold, with both studying in school together, had reportedly also made some comments about Mulayam's second wife and Chief Minister's step mother, which angered the SP's first family.
Reacting to the development, Singh said he had only put before Mulayam his thoughts about the "conspiracy" against the Chief Minister.
Asked to comment on his expulsion, he said, "I will give my version only after getting the letter."
Maintaining that he had no regrets about the points raised by him in the letter, Singh said,"Netaji is the patron of the party. I am confident that he will do justice to me and the chief minister."
"Those who used foul language against the party chief are still in the party, but those who are the real well wishers and wrote letters are being expelled," Singh said.
Gaurav Bhatia, SP spokesman, said Singh had crossed the "Lakshman Rekha" in choosing the words he wrote in his letter to Mulayam which also hurt party workers.
"Questioning the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is an elected president of the party, was wrong. An MLC cannot dictate who the party president will be. Anybody committing an act of indiscipline has to be punished and this is what has happened," he said.
On Singh's claim that a conspiracy has been hatched against Akhilesh, Bhatia said," These are unsubstantiated allegations".
Meanwhile, in yet another indication of continuing infighting within the party Akhilesh on Friday skipped a crucial party meeting convened by Shivpal Akhilesh did not attend the meeting of district presidents of the Samajwadi Party, even though Shivpal drove down to his residence on Friday to invite him personally for the event. He also announced that his Rath Yatra will start from 3 November and that he would inform the district chiefs, whose region the yatra passes, about the detailed programme.
The meeting was called to discuss the 2017 assembly elections and to prepare for a silver jubilee function of the ruling party scheduled for 5 November.
Informed sources said the Chief Minister was in no mood to compromise on his stated opposition to entry of criminals and re-entry of ministers accused of graft into the SP and demand for complete say in deciding tickets for the assembly elections.
Reacting to the recent developments in the party, old war horse Beni Prasad Verma, who returned to the party fold from Congress recently, said,"Netaji (Mulayam) is deeply pained. What has happened (Singh's letter to Mulayam) hurt Mulayam Singh's prestige.
"I would request Akhilesh to get things sorted out. It is time to close ranks (with assembly polls just months away)... there is little time."
Singh's explusion came a day after Akhilesh Yadav skipped a crucial meeting called by state party chief Shivpal Yadav to strategise for the assembly polls due early next year where the latter declared him the party's chief ministerial face.
Though Shivpal, the younger brother of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, had met Akhilesh to personally invite him to a meeting of SP district and city units presidents, the Chief Minister kept away, indicating all was not well in the party despite repeated claims by its senior leaders to the contrary. These delegates had later met Akhilesh separately.
Akhilesh, with whom Shivpal is engaged in a running feud over the last few months, had recently made it clear in a letter to Mulayam that he would be proceeding on his 'rath yatra' on November 3 to highlight the development work done by his government, in a clear indication that he would skip that event too.
With the tense stand-off between Akhilesh and Shivpal continuing, speculations about a possible split in the party are rife.
As a crisis-like situation obtained in the party, several top leaders including Beni Prasad Verma, Naresh Agarwal and state Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey met Mulayam earlier in the day. They were later closeted with Akhilesh in order to bring about rapprochement in the SP's first family.
Meanwhile, in a move that could further widen the divide between Akhilesh and Shivpal, the latter, who is the state president of the Samajwadi Party, has appointed chiefs of various youth fronts of the party.
The development came amid demands for reinstating the expelled presidents of these youth fronts who were considered close to the Chief Minister.
According to a party release, Abhishek Singh Ashu has been made president of Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha, Farhat Hasan Khan state president of SP Minorities sabha, Anil Verma state president of Mulayam Singh Yadav Youth Brigade, Vijay Yadav president of Lohia Vahini, Abhishek Tripathi general secretary of Lohia Vahini and Ashfiqur Rehman general secretary of Yuvjan Sabha.
With inputs from PTI
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