Hours after news broke on 23 October that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had sacked his uncle, Shivpal Yadav from the state Cabinet, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav suspended Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years.
Ram Gopal, Mulayam's cousin and former (SP) General Secretary, had previously thrown his weight behind Akhilesh in his feud with Shivpal.
After being sacked, Shivpal said, "Seedha aarop laga diya gaya hai, chunav ka waqt hai, janta ke saath chalenge. Barkhaast hone ki chinta nahi hai, netaji ke netritva mein chunaav mein jaayenge." (it is time polls, I will walk with the public. I am not worried about being sacked, will fight election under Netaji.)
Akhilesh also sacked three other ministers - namely, Narad Rai, Saiyyada Shadab Fatima and OP Singh - on 23 October.
Meanwhile, supporters of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav burn the effigy of Amar Singh in Sambhal.
UP: Supporters of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav burn the effigy of Amar Singh in Sambhal pic.twitter.com/batE11um74— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 23, 2016