Downplaying the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's move to sack his uncle Shivpal Yadav, who is considered to be Amar Singh's loyalist from his Cabinet, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said on 23 October that this development in no way affects or weakens the party.
Stating that it was the right of a Chief Minister to sack who he wants from the Cabinet, Khan told the media here that Akhilesh had made it very clear within the party, that there will be no talks of any split or bifurcation.
"Always knew such a day will come. Those with vision in the party already knew that such a day will come," he said.
In regard with Amar Singh, the cabinet minister added that "always knew one person would be responsible for hurting the party."
Meanwhile, pouncing on the SP over the recent development of the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contended that it was only a matter of time that the feuding party announced a massive split.
Speaking to ANI, 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.