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  • Mulayam Singh expels Akhilesh, Ramgopal Yadav for six years

    Published on December 31, 2016

    On Friday, Samjwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from the party for six years.

    The party has also sacked Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav, also a close Akhilesh Yadav loyalist, for the same period.

    The duo was earlier issued a show cause notice for releasing their own list of candidates for the forthcoming state Assembly election, due early next year.

    And Mulayam Singh didn’t stop there, he hit out at his son even saying that his future was demolished, all thanks to Ram Gopal Yadav.

    Mulayam upped the offensive, saying Akhilesh deserved stricter action.

    After Mulayam’s announcement, a large number of supporters of Akhilesh Yadav gathered outside the CM’s office and raised slogans in support of Akhilesh.

    Before the expulsion, Ramgopal Yadav had called a meeting of SP’s National Council meeting on the 1st of January.

    All party office-bearers were called to the meeting.

    Mulayam has now declared this a violation of the party’s constitution and has warned that action will be taken against those who attend.

    Earlier, Mulayam had issued a show cause notice to uncle-nephew duo of Ramgopal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav.

    Akhilesh and SP’s UP President Shivpal Yadav have been at daggers drawn for several months over parallel lists of party candidates for the state assembly election.

    When Akhilesh released a list of 235 candidates on Thursday, it triggered an earthquake in Battleground UP.

    Since it came days after Mulayam’s list of 325 candidates.

    A day after Akhilesh’s list, came another list of 78 candidates by Shivpal Yadav that completes the figure of 403 candidates.

    Mulayam has called a meeting of his party’s candidates on Saturday and Akhilesh is set to meet SP legislator.

    The virtual split in SP has given more ammunition to the opposition in the state. The sequence of events have taken UP politics to a crossroads and is sure to lead to a major political re-alignment in the poll-bound state.