Yadav Family Feud: Akhilesh Sacks Shivpal Yadav, Other ‘Amar Singh Loyalists’ From UP Cabinet

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12:24 pm 23 Oct, 2016

The rift between Smajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family in Uttar Pradesh has again come out in open.

In yet another indication of continuing infighting within the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on October 23 sacked four ministers from the cabinet including his uncle and senior party leader Shivpal Yadav.

After calling up a meeting of legislators at party office in Lucknow, the UP chief minister made this announcement, reported ANI.

Mainpuri MLA Raju Yadav had said that Akhilesh Yadav said in the meeting ‘anyone close to Amar Singh cannot be in my cabinet’.

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with senior party leader Shivpal Yadav ibtimes

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with senior party leader Shivpal Yadav ibtimes

In this political drama, while Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav are on one side, Akhilesh and Mulayam’s cousin Ram Gopal are on the other.

The feud between Shivpal and Akhilesh is considered to be initiated by Amar Singh. While apparently referring to Amar Singh, Akhilesh had recently said that “people from outside the household” keep interfering in Samajwadi Party’s affairs.

The differences between Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal have become public since September. The differences between them were open when the UP chief minister shunted out Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, considered close to Shivpal, barely two months after his appointment.

This had set off a chain of developments that saw the Mulayam Singh Yadav ousting his son as the state party chief and replacing him with Shivpal.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav theweek


Meanwhile, in a fresh twist in the ongoing dispute in the ruling Samajwadi Party, general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav had wrote a one-page letter to party workers saying the future of the SP lay in Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The letter said his aim was to ensure that a state government was formed in the leadership of his nephew Akhilesh.

SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav newsx

SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav newsx

Experts believe the political feud developing in SP could potentially deal a setback to the ruling party ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year. It could work to the advantage of either of its two rivals, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The upcoming UP polls are considered to be a tight three-cornered contest, with opinion polls suggesting the BJP to emerge as the single largest party, with the BSP and the SP falling at second and third place.


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