01 January, Lucknow
On a day of swift developments, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was nominated as Samajwadi Party chief in a delegates meet, replacing his father Mulayam Singh Yadav from the top slot and his brother Shivpal from the state presidentship and dumping Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh from the party.
Akhilesh supporters laid seige to the party HQ and damaged Shivpal’s name plate. Minor skirmishes broke out inside and outside the party office among warring camps. Security was clamped.
Mr Ram Gopal, who took the lead role in the coup in the party along with others, has been expelled from the party by Mulayam Singh who described the delegates meet as illegal.
An unfazed Akhilesh went ahead with formalities and installed a new state President and all other papers were being compiled to face any eventuality of legal tussle.
Furious as senior party leaders attended the national convention where Akhilesh was declared the Samajwadi Party president, Mulayam expelled two Rajya Sabha members Kironmay Nanda and Naresh Agarwal today.
This was the third expulsion of the day by Mulayam after Ram Gopal Yadav.
Party sources said Nanda, party’s national vice-president and Agarwal, national general secretary, had attended the meeting of Akhilesh. Nanda presided over the convention.
“We won’t spare anyone who violates discipline,” Mulayam told reporters.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh appointed Naresh Uttam as the president of the UP unit of the party in place of his uncle Shivpal.
Supporters of Akhilesh thronged the state party HQ and tried to occupy the office of Shivpal. Police intervened and prevented a clash.