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According to sources, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was very hurt due to these developments and backed his brother Shivpal Yadav and against his son Akhilesh Yadav. He was very angry over a letter written by his cousin and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav supporting Akhilesh Yadav. He sacked him from all party posts and expelled him from the party for six years.
Will Not Float A Party, Says Akhilesh Yadav
Notwithstanding his face-off with his father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav made it clear that he will not leave the party and neither going to float a new party.
"I was hurt when Amar Singh said that by November Akhilesh will not be CM in UP and Ramgopalji did not say that," Akhilesh Yadav said while addressing party leaders at Lucknow office. "If Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) asked me for resignation I would have given it," Akhilesh Yadav added.
Akhilesh Had Told Me That He Will Form Another Party, Alleges Shivpal
Opening a new front against Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav attacked the CM and said Akhilesh had plans to float a new political outfit. "I have also contributed and worked hard for Samajwadi Party," he asserted at SP meet. Backing Amar Singh, Shivpal Yadav said he never broke relations with him.
"People who work to weaken SP, who work against us they should know we will form the government again with Netaji's sweat and blood," Shivpal Yadav cited. "Everyone in SP needs to dedicate themselves to winning the 2017 UP elections, We cannot tolerate liars in party, we just can't," he added.
Uttar Pradesh's ruling party appeared heading for a split as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ousted uncle Shivpal Yadav and three others from the government while the party brass sacked his backer and MP Ram Gopal Yadav from the party in an intensifying dynastic power struggle ahead of next year's election.
The dramatic decision by the estranged Chief Minister followed the earlier dismissal from the party of Akhilesh supporters on Saturday by Shivpal Yadav, the new state in charge of the Samajwadi Party and brother of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
On Sunday evening, Mulayam Singh -- facing the worst crisis of his political career -- called an emergency meeting of senior party leaders. Besides Shivpal Yadav, the other ministers thrown out were Narad Rai, Om Prakash and Shadab Fatima. Jaya Prada, an actress-turned-politician, was also expelled from the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.
Amar Singh, a businessman-turned-politician who was sacked from the party in 2010 along with Jaya Prada, returned to the party last year and became a Rajya Sabha member. Legislators who attended a morning meeting with the Chief Minister said Akhilesh Yadav made it clear that anyone close to Amar Singh cannot find a place in his government.
Hours later, the Samajwadi Party expelled national General Secretary and spokesman Ram Gopal for six years from all party posts. Announcing the decision by Mulayam Singh, Shivpal Yadav said Ram Gopal had connived with "communal forces" to destabilize and weaken the Samajwadi Party -- which has a brute majority in the 403-member assembly.
Soon after the meeting ended, the legislators shouted slogans hailing Akhilesh Yadav and denouncing Amar Singh as a "dalal" (broker). An insider said all efforts to bring peace in the Samajwadi Party were effectively over now and that the party may he headed for a vertical split between the two generations.
Akhilesh Yadav, 43, describing himself as the political successor to his father Mulayam Singh, denied that his decision to oust Shivpal Yadav would split the Samajwadi Party. The party, he said, belonged to "Netaji" - as Mulayam Singh is popularly known. The Chief Minister also said he would attend the party's Silver Jubilee function on November 5.
The legislators who attended the Chief Minister's meeting told the media that Akhilesh Yadav became emotional while talking about his relations with his father and said anyone coming between them would not be spared.
Sunday's developments came a day before Mulayam Singh meets party legislators in Lucknow. Akhilesh Yadav had earlier refused to attend party meetings called by Shivpal Yadav on Friday and Saturday. Instead, he met the district party chiefs separately. On Saturday, Shivpal Yadav expelled Udayveer Singh, an MLC considered close to Akhilesh Yadav, from the party for six years for asking Mulayam Singh to step down and hand over the party baton to his son. Shivpal Yadav also filled up the vacancies of presidents in the party's frontal wings with men known to be his followers.
(With Agency Inputs)
Earlier, there were clashes between the supporters of both Akhilesh and Shivpal outside the Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow.
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