Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is meeting the state’s governor Ram Naik amid a massive power tussle within the ruling Samajwadi Party.
The reason for the meeting is not known yet. Sources said Akhilesh Yadav could discuss with the Governor the sacking of his one of his ministers by his uncle and the Samajwadi Party’s state chief Shivpal Yadav this morning.
Tej Narayan Pandey aka Pawan Pandey, a minister close to Akhilesh Yadav, was expelled on charges of “indiscipline and harassment”.
The minister’s sacking today is more evidence that Mulayam Singh Yadav’s best efforts to broker peace between his younger brother and son ahead of crucial elections in Uttar Pradesh have not worked.
As the feud in UP’s first family has escalated, opposition parties like the BJP and Mayawati’s BSP have suggested that Akhilesh Yadav should resign as he has lost control.
Akhilesh Yadav, 43, has said he will resign as chief minister if his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav asks him to, but has dismissed speculation that he will launch his own party. He told NDTV yesterday that he will not quit his father’s party even if he is removed as Chief Minister.
Mulayam Singh has made it clear that though the Chief Minister will be allowed to complete his term, it cannot be assumed that he will get a second term if the Samajwadi Party wins the Uttar Pradesh election to be held early next year.
When he addressed a press conference on Tuesday to declare that is all well in his family and party, he had next to him Shivpal Yadav, who he has backed in his long-running dispute with son Akhilesh. The chief minister was missing.
Team Akhilesh alleges that Shivpal is eyeing the chief minister’s post if the Samajwadi Party wins. It has accused party general secretary Amar Singh of plotting Akhilesh’s ouster with Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh has reportedly conveyed to his father that he needs Shivpal and Amar Singh sidelined.
Last month, Mulayam Singh removed Akhilesh as head of the party in Uttar Pradesh, replacing him with Shivpal, which meant that the crucial authority of deciding candidates was transferred away from the Chief Minister.