Shivpal Yadav sacked from UP Cabinet – Chandigarh Tribune
Lucknow, October 23
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav dismissed his uncle Shivpal Yadav from his Cabinet on Sunday, sources said, as new crisis hit the Samajwadi Party months before assembly elections in the state.
“The CM has sacked Shivpal Yadav from his Cabinet. Some more pro-Amar Singh ministers are likely to be dropped,” party sources said after a meeting of Akhilesh Yadav with party lawmakers.
The chief minister is also reported to have dismissed five other ministers from the cabinet, although these reports are yet unconfirmed.
Legislators who attended the meeting with the chief minister said he made it clear that anyone close to Amar Singh had no place in his government.
Amar Singh, who returned to the party earlier this year, is considered close to Shivpal.
The news comes as the divide within the party becomes clearer, even leading to speculations of a possible split before the assembly elections.
The SP chief had expelled MLC Udayveer Singh, one of Akhilesh’s close aides, from the party on Saturday for “indiscipline”, days after he wrote to Mulayam suggesting that he should elevate the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the position of party’s national president.
The decision to expel Udayveer was taken at the inaugural meeting of the executive committee of SP’s Uttar Pradesh unit, which 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 on Saturday. “The party will not tolerate undignified behaviour and indiscipline. It has reached where it is in 25 years because of discipline.”
In the four-page letter to the party president 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 goes back more than three decades (they were in school together), had reportedly also made some comments about Mulayam’s second wife, the chief minister’s stepmother, which angered SP’s first family.
Reacting to the development, Udayveer had said he had only put before Mulayam his thoughts about the “conspiracy” against the chief minister.
SP spokesman Gaurav Bhatia had said Singh had crossed the “Lakshman rekha” in choosing the words he wrote in his letter to Mulayam.
“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 had said.
Mulayam Singh Yadav will meet MPs, MLAs, MLCs and ministers of the party on Monday.
Fault lines within the SP were laid bare last month when Mulayam Singh replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal as the party’s state president, fuelling the already-growing differences between his son and his brother. Akhilesh was forced to accept his father’s decision, but also blamed Amar Singh for the divide. — Agencies/ TNS
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