Akhilesh prepares for a show of strength after expulsion

RSTV Bureau
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with cabinet minister Azam Khan at the inauguration of library at Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow on Thursday.

File photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Photo – PTI

A day after expulsion from his party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is readying for a show of strength. Akhilesh and his uncle Ramgopal Yadav were suspended by the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday on the grounds of “gross indiscipline”.

CM Akhilesh Yadav is currently holding a meeting at his residence in Lucknow where, according to reports, a majority of the 229 party MLAs were present

Besides, some SP MLCs and senior party functionaries loyal to Akhilesh were present in the meeting as well. Akhilesh is also expected to meet his supporters and party workers later in the day to prove his strength.

The Chief Minister’s 5-Kalidas Marg residence appeared to be the hub of high drama with youth supporters of Akhilesh assembling in large numbers to vent their fury over his expulsion.

Political activities hotted up right from the morning with a series of meetings planned during the day, when Mulayam will meet party candidates announced by him and state SP chief Shivpal Yadav, the warring uncle of Akhilesh.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has termed the crisis in the party as “unfortunate” and asked party members to support Mulayam in the family feud.

“I appeal to the party members to stand with Netaji (Mulayam). Whatever is happening is very unfortunate,” Amar, who had recently made a comeback to the party after a long exile, said.

Mulayam had yesterday expelled his son Akhilesh and Ramgopal from SP for six years after they put up candidates against the official nominees and summoned a party meet tomorrow, pushing the ruling party to the precipice of a split just ahead of the UP Assembly elections.

Mulayam had said he took the action against Akhilesh and Ramgopal to save the party which he had built through hard efforts.

“We have to save the party. The party comes first. That is why we are expelling both Akhilesh and Ramgopal,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said, stating further “How can he (Akhilesh) release the list when the party has declared its candidates? Both Akhilesh and Ramgopal want to finish the party”.

Ramgopal Yadav too have called the meeting after a showcause notice was issued to him and Akhilesh by Mulayam for releasing a list of candidates, parallel to the one issued officially by Mulayam.

(With inputs from the PTI)