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UP CM Akhilesh Yadav sacks Shivpal, 'again'

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav sacks Shivpal, other 'Amar Singh loyalists' from cabinet

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Publish Date: Oct 23 2016 2:01PM | Updated Date: Oct 23 2016 2:01PM

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav sacks Shivpal, 'again'

The family feud within the Samajwadi Party (SP) took is not settling down. After few weeks of silence another dramatic turn happened on Sunday.

 

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle Shivpal Yadav, again, and three other ministers considered 'Amar Singh loyalists' from the state cabinet, as reported by Times Now.

 

"The chief minister said in the meeting that whoever is close to Amar Singh cannot be in my cabinet," informed Raju Yadav, a Mainpuri lawmaker who attended the meeting called by Akhilesh this morning.

 

Last month Mulayam appointed Amar Singh the National General Secretary of the party, almost six years after he was removed from the party.

 

The other ministers believed to be sacked are Om Prakash Singh, Narada Rai, Shadab Fatim and Balram Yadav.

Shivpal's portfolios, included irrigation, revenue, flood management and medical education, were taken away from him last month, too, by Akhilesh, and the same thing repeated again.

 

Earlier SP supreme Mulayam Singh Yadav forced UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to change his decision but seems the family is ready to part ways.

 

In this political drama, Mulayam and his brother Shivpal are on one side, while Akhilesh and Mulayam's cousin Ram Gopal Yadav are on the other.

 

The tussle in the party began last month when Mulayam replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal to the post of UP party chief, and also expelled several youth leaders, who are close to Akhilesh.

 

The rift in the party comes at a most inopportune moment for it, as Uttar Pradesh heads to the polls early next year. Taking Akhilesh’s side, Ram Gopal said being with him means being with the winning side.