SPLIT UP: Mu­layam ex­pels ‘in­dis­ci­plined’ son Akhilesh

SP im­plodes as Akhilesh, Ram­gopal ex­pelled for six years

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

LUC­KNOW/NEW DELHI: The feu­drid­dled Sa­ma­jwadi Party hur­tled to­wards a split after its na­tional pres­i­dent Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav ex­pelled on Fri­day Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav and gen­eral sec­re­tary Ram­gopal Ya­dav from the party for six years.

The shock move came a day after Akhilesh, the party pa­tri­arch’s son, came up with his own list of 235 can­di­dates for next year’s assem­bly polls.

His ac­tion was viewed as de­fi­ance to his fa­ther and his un­cle, who had re­leased the party’s of­fi­cial list ear­lier, ig­nor­ing lead­ers con­sid­ered close to the chief min­is­ter.

“Chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav doesn’t un­der­stand. Ram­gopal is try­ing to weaken him,” Mu­layam said at a press con­fer­ence. “To save the party, we have ex­pelled both Ram­gopal and Akhilesh Ya­dav for six years...”

The ex­pul­sion put in doubt con­tin­u­ance of the state’s youngest chief min­is­ter. Talks of the


SP chief Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav and party’s UP prez Shiv­pal Singh Ya­dav dur­ing the press meet to an­nounce the ex­pul­sions.

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