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Akhilesh reinstates party workers suspended by uncle Shivpal

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has cancelled the suspension of four district presidents of Samajwadi Party. The four district unit chiefs were shown the door by the state president of the original party,
India TV Politics Desk Lucknow January 05, 2017 8:49 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has cancelled the suspension of four district presidents of Samajwadi Party. 

The four district unit chiefs were shown the door by the state president of the original party, Shivpal Yadav, whom the Chief Minister has openly accused of acting against the party.

The Akhilesh- appointed state party president, Naresh Uttam, revoked the changes made in four district units.  

Akhilesh at an event on Wednesday indicated that he was the inheritor of the party and the symbol. He has summoned a meeting of all lawmakers (MLAs, MLCs, MPs) and candidates and top office-bearers of the party for Thursday morning. 

The two factions of Samajwadi Party led by Mulayam Singh and his son Akhilehs Yadav are in direct face-off over their claim on party symbol.

The war over the cycle reached the EC doorstep on Monday when Mulayam along with colleagues Amar Singh, Jaya Prada, Shivpal Singh Yadav met Election Commissioners Nasim Zaidi, O P Rawat and A K Joti claiming that Sunday’s convention, in which Akhilesh was elected as the party president, was illegal and that Ramgopal Yadav has been expelled from the party.

Subsequently, Ramgopal Yadav met the Commission on Tuesday morning on behalf of Akhilesh and staked claim to the party and its election symbol.

Ramgopal submitted a dossier with signatures of support from over 5,000 party delegates and over 90 per cent of party MLCs, MLAs and MPs. On the other hand, the representation of the Mulayam camp is brief, Indian Express reported citing its sources.

It claims that Akhilesh’s camp is the real Samajwadi Party and that the CM has the support of the majority of the party delegates and elected representatives to the Parliament and legislature.