UP politics remain fluid; Akhilesh cancels all official engagements, Shivpal flies to Delhi to meet Mulayam

Akhilesh cancelled all official engagements and huddled with close aides and party confidantes, while uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav rerouted his trip for Lucknow to Delhi.

Published: 14th September 2016 12:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2016 12:55 PM   |  A+A-

Akhilesh-PTI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. | PTI

By IANS

LUCKNOW: The rift within the ruling SP in Uttar Pradesh continued on Wednesday as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met close aides and confidants, even as uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav flew off to Delhi to meet party President Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Akhilesh cancelled all official engagements and huddled with close aides and party confidantes, while uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav rerouted his trip for Lucknow to Delhi.

As both leaders continued hardening their stance, Samajwadi Party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav was slated to reach Lucknow to pacify Akhilesh. 

In a press conference at his native village in Saifai, Shivpal said he would not say anything for the time being but would continue to do whatever his elder brother Mulayam wanted of him.

Shivpal said, "I am bound by the orders of Netaji (Mulayam Singh)," clearly indicating his alignment with Mulayam rather than his nephew. 

Akhilesh had divested him of plum portfolios in the state government on Tuesday. 

Shivpal said that people of Uttar Pradesh were with "Netaji and the Samajwadi Party". He added that there was no one in the party who would dare to go against Mulayam.

This was seen as hardening of his stand against Akhilesh, whom he replaced as state party chief on Tuesday. 

The entire episode was triggered after Akhilesh sacked two ministers -- Gayatri Prajapati (Mining) and Rajkishore Singh (Panchayti Raj)-- considered close to Mulayam and Shivpal on Monday.

Akhilesh had also removed Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal on Tuesday.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp