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SP pari-'war' in dock as Shivpal says will contest polls under Netaji's leadership

Updated: Oct 23, 2016 16:09 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct. 23 (ANI): Emerging out of a meeting with Samajwadi Party supremo and his brother Mulayam Singh Yadav after being sacked, along with three others, from the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, party state chief Shivpal Yadav on Sunday said that he did not bother about his expulsion and would go the polls next year under the leadership of Netaji, casting further doubts on the issue of party's chief ministerial candidate.

Only a few days back Shivpal had publically announced that his nephew and incumbent Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would be the party's chief ministerial face in the upcoming crucial state polls.

He alleged that there were some senior leaders, who in attempt to evade a CBI probe against them, had joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Speaking amid loud sloganeering in his support, Shivpal said, "Direct allegations have been levelled at the time when the state is going to polls. We will walk along with the people of the state."

Earlier today, Akhilesh in an unexpected move sacked four ministers including his uncle Shivpal from the Cabinet.

Narad Rai, Saiyyada Shadab Fatima and O.P. Singh are the other three leaders, who have been shown the door by the Chief Minister after a meeting called by him.

Barabanki MLC Rajesh Yadav, who attended today's meeting, lashed out at party leader Amar Singh for attempting to create friction in the Samajwadi Party.

"The party belongs to Netaji. He assigned the Chief Minister's job to Akhilesh Yadav, who managed it extremely well. He looked at both the party and family in a very efficient manner. Our fight is against those trying to create friction in the party and the one person who is doing this is Amar Singh," he told the media.

Mainpuri MLA Raju Yadav echoing similar sentiments said the Chief Minister very categorically stated in the meeting that whoever is close to Amar Singh cannot be in his Cabinet.

This came as a section of the Samajwadi Party leaders had earlier reportedly alleged that Amar Singh after coming back to the party was misinforming Mulayam Singh Yadav about the people and misleading him.

They also reportedly alleged that Amar Singh was making desperate attempts to portray Akhilesh as weak and prevent the Samajwadi Party from coming back to power.

The Chief Minister's action comes hours after Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav wrote a letter to party leaders to rally behind the former, thereby adding a major twist to the family tussle.

Ahead of today's meeting, Akhilesh met his father Mulayam Singh. Reports suggest that the conversation between the father and son duo mostly revolved around Ram Gopal Yadav's letter to the party workers asking them to stand behind his nephew.

In his one-page letter, Ram Gopal stated that the Samajwadi Party would yet again form the government in Uttar Pradesh under Akhilesh's leadership.

He asked the party workers to remain alert and positive and not get swayed by all the 'negativities' surrounding the party.

Ram Gopal also said that there are some people within the party who are misleading the public ahead of the 2017 assembly polls.

He said that those behind his nephew were those who sacrificed their life and blood for the party while others were misusing their position for ulterior motives.

Warning the Chief Minister's critics, Ram Gopal further said that they would be expelled if they do not follow the party high command's order.

Today's decision also comes just days after suspended Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council Member (MLC) Udayveer Singh had accused Mulayam's second wife Sadhna Gupta and uncle Shivpal of colluding together against Akhilesh. (ANI)