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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.

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Samajwadi Party LIVE: Akhilesh Yadav is Chief Minister now, says Mulayam Singh Yadav

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Oct 23, 2016 - 13:19 (IST)

Oct 23, 2016 - 13:16 (IST)

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.

Oct 23, 2016 - 13:06 (IST)

Netjai will always be my leader: Akhilesh Yadav

Speaking to Network18, Chief Minister Akhilesh said, "I will not let my party break at any cost. I am going to attend netaji's meeting that will be conducted at his office on Monday. Netaji will always be my leader,"

Oct 25, 2016 - 16:13 (IST)

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

Oct 25, 2016 - 16:01 (IST)

BJP comments after Mulayam's press conference

Oct 25, 2016 - 15:25 (IST)

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

Oct 25, 2016 - 15:11 (IST)

There's no point thinking of changing leadership now: Mulayam

Oct 25, 2016 - 15:11 (IST)

Mulayam evades questions like this

Oct 25, 2016 - 15:09 (IST)

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.

Oct 25, 2016 - 15:04 (IST)

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.

Samajwadi Party LIVE Akhilesh Yadav is Chief Minister now says Mulayam Singh Yadav

A file photo of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with uncle Shivpal Yadav. PTI

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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