Saturday, October 22, 2016

Yadav vs Yadav: Akhilesh loyalist Udayveer Singh removed from SP

Udayveer Singh a MLC of Samajwadi Party was removed from the party for six years on Saturday after he wrote a letter to Mulayam demanding that Akhilesh Yadav be made the national president.

Singh wrote the letter after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced his decision to take out his solo 'Rath Yatra' on November 3. Another party MLC Ashu Malik had also sent a missive in favour of Mulayam, saying he was peeved over fingers being pointed at the "great leader".

In his four-page letter to Mulayam, Udayveer wrote, "SP state president Shivpal Yadav and other members of his family have misled you (Mulayam) and hatched a conspiracy against CM Akhilesh who should be made party national president and given all the powers," Udayveer said Defending expelled youth leaders, including MLCs, he said, "They were expelled on false grounds and it is against social justice."

The MLC also attacked Shivpal for supporting gangster- turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari's Quami Ekta Dal (QED) and making allegations that party leaders of Mainpuri were involved in land grabbing and illegal liquor business.

Udayveer also dubbed SP's RS member Amar Singh as "chatur and chaalbaaz" (cunning). "While leaders like Gayatri Prasad Prajapati are favoured, dedicated ones like SRS Yadav and Naresh Uttam are sidelined in a deliberate insult to Akhilesh," Udayveer alleged. His barb came in the wake of Shivpal nominating the controversial minister as the coordinator of the party's Silver Jubilee celebrations on November 5.

Akhilesh will embark on his 'Vikas Rath Yatra' alone from November 3 which might make him skip the party's silver jubilee celebrations. The chief minister took exception to the missives and said workers need not write about him to his father and stop writing such letters altogether.

On Friday, state party chief Shivpal Yadav held a meeting to discuss who would be the chief minister face of the party in the assembly election. Akhilesh Yadav skipped the crucial meeting. He, however, met the delegates, who earlier attended the meeting called by Shivpal, at his residence separately.

Shivpal had convened a meeting of SP district and city units presidents at the party headquarters earlier in the day. At the strategy session for the assembly polls due early next year, Shivpal, apparently seeking to bury the hatchet, declared nephew Akhilesh the party's chief ministerial face.

As infighting continued unabated with Mulayam siding with Shivpal and his cousin Ram Gopal throwing his weight behind the chief minister, the distribution of tickets is likely to create more bad blood in the Mulayam clan.

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