Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav removed the cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav of all important portfolios while handing him the social welfare department. The move however puts him in direct confrontation with his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
As he acted against his uncle, Akhilesh Yadav was removed by Mulayam Singh as the party's Uttar Pradesh chief installed younger brother Shivpal in the post. A rumor has also erupts that Mulayam Singh Yadav would become the CM, if party wins in the election that are to be held in 2017.
It was seen as punishment for the 44-year-old chief minister who earlier sacked the state's chief secretary Deepak Singhal. Singhal was appointed just two months ago as UP's top bureaucrat and said to be close to Shivpal.
Shivpal Yadav's wife and son also reached his residence in Saifai from Lucknow to support him. "We’ll follow Neta ji (Mulayam Singh) command. It's very sad what is happening right now," said Ballu Yadav, a student leader from the party, who was also at Shivpal Yadav's residence.
Sources said Akhilesh Yadav has had many differences with Shivpal Yadav in recent months, especially due to the merger of gangster Mukhtar Ansari's party with the Samajwadi Party, which was organized by Shivpal.
The merger has not happened, but Akhilesh's battle with his uncle has reportedly deeply upset Mulayam Singh Yadav, who credits Shivpal Yadav as the party's key strategist for alliances, mergers and acquisitions for elections.