SP in meltdown mode: Akhilesh asserts his authority, sacks Shivpal
Uttar Pradesh looks to be headed towards a constitutional crisis after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav from his council of ministers on Sunday morning.
All eyes are now on Shivpal in anticipation of a strong reaction from the party's state president. One option that lies before him is to expel the chief minister from the Samajwadi Party. The other is that he may just resign from the party himself.
Cause and effect
Shivpal was reportedly dismissed for his closeness with Amar Singh, who has finally emerged as the man behind the feud in the ruling family.
Five other ministers - Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, Madan Chauhan, Narad Rai, Ambika Chaudhary, Shadab Fatima, Om Prakash were also sacked.
Within a few hours after his sacking was announced, Shivpal Yadav struck back and expelled Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years. Ram Gopal is a member of the Rajya Sabha and the party's national general secretary. Amar Singh, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha this year, had objected to sitting behind Ram Gopal in the House.
In his first direct on Ram Gopal, Shivpal said in a three-page chargesheet that the former's son Akshay Yadav, who is a Lok Sabha MP and daughter-in-law were involved in the Yadav Singh scam and he was undermining the party to save them from the CBI.
The charge-sheet said that Ram Gopal was conspiring to weaken the party at the BJP's instigation. He has had three meetings with a senior BJP leader. "The chief minister does not understand who his well wisher is and who is not," it said.
Shivpal called Ram Gopal anti-SP and said that he has always misused the name and generosity of Mulayam for his own benefit. "Now, the limit has been reached," he said in the chargesheet.
Ram Gopal responded with another letter saying that he is not saddened by his expulsion, but hurt by the allegations which were baseless.
He said Mulayam was not only his elder brother, but also his political guru.
"Mulayam is surrounded by demonic forces and the truth will emerge only after the party is rid of these forces," Ram Gopal said.
He reaffirmed his support for Akhilesh "in this dharm yuddh till he becomes CM again".