Branding Shivpal Yadav's expulsion from the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet as the final nail in the coffin for the crisis-hit Samajwadi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asserted on 23 October that it was only a matter of time that the feuding party announced a massive split.
Speaking to ANI here, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that the recent development regarding Shivpal Yadav indicated towards the final script being written for the impending split within the party.
"And it's a matter of time when we will all come to know officially that there has been a split. So this drama that is being enacted is nothing but a crisis in the SP. A crisis not for development or good governance, but because the sharing of the loot over the last five years could not split in an amicable manner," Singh said.
Emphasising that the crisis left no one cheated except the people of UP, he further said that there are groups within the SP controlling sections of the "loot", which was causing all the strife.
"It's a clear case of groupism. Now finally those who have been looting, be it Azam Khan, Shivpal Yadav of Akhilesh, it is the people of Uttar Pradesh who are being looted," the BJP leader added.
Meanwhile, in what may give the opposition parties fresh ammunition to tear into the ruling Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav in an unexpected move sacked four ministers including his uncle Shivpal Yadav from the Cabinet.
Narad Rai, Saiyyada Shadab Fatima and OP Singh are the other three leaders, who have been shown the door by the Chief Minister post the 23 October meeting.