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Samajwadi Party Family Feud: Timeline of Happenings in Uttar Pradesh Pari-war

September 20: Amar Singh, who survived the recent “outsider” storm in ruling Samajwadi party, is appointed as the SP general secretary by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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Updated:October 23, 2016, 8:19 PM IST
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Samajwadi Party Family Feud: Timeline of Happenings in Uttar Pradesh Pari-war
File photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (L) and senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav (R).
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Hours after Samajwadi Party state president Shivpal Yadav was expelled by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav from the cabinet, Shivpal expelled his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for 6 years. The current crisis in the Samajwadi Party, months before UP goes to polls, has revealed a divided image of Yadav family.

Here is a timeline of events which unfolded over the last few months:

August 15: Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) gets ready to merge with Samajwadi Party again. Akhilesh Yadav, who had earlier called off its merger with gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s party after merging with it, just three days after the announcement, was a key player who turns down the decision again. This results in Mulayam Singh’s brother Shivpal Yadav, threatening to resign from the party. The SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav stops him from quitting the party ahead of crucial elections.

September 13: A bureaucrat, Deepak Singhal, the chief secretary who was considered to be close to Shivpal Singh Yadav, was removed from his post by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Akhilesh’s move miffed Shivpal and he threatened to quit the party.

September 13: Akhilesh Yadav, steps out of his position in the party as its UP unit chief. Instead his uncle, Shivpal Yadav was appointed as the new Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party’s state president. Earlier, Shivpal had threatened to quit the party while addressing a rally in Manipur.

September 13: Akhilesh strips Shivpal Singh Yadav of the portfolios of PWD, irrigation, cooperatives, flood control, land development and water resources, wasteland development, revenue, disaster relief and rehabilitation, and public service management portfolios.

September 14: UP chief minister Akhilesh speaks to the media and says, “Where have you found a family fight? This is a fight in government, not a family fight. If people from outside the family keep interfering how will things (government) work”?

September 15: Another brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Samajwadi party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav says there is no ‘sankat’ (rift) in the party and adds that if some differences arise on minor points, those can be resolved.

September 15: “Akhilesh Yadav will be the chief ministerial candidate of Samajwadi party in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, “Samajwadi party leader Naresh Agarwal says. The SP leader also adds, “if there is any outsider, who is interfering, he should stop immediately”.

September 15: Shivpal Singh Yadav resigns from the Uttar Pradesh cabinet and also quits as the state unit president of Samajwadi party

September 17: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav says that his uncle, Shivpal Yadav will continue as the Samajwadi party state president.

September 18: After assuming charge as Samajwadi party Uttar Pradesh unit president, Shivpal Yadav expels a close relative of his brother Ram Gopal Yadav and another leader for their alleged involvement in land grabbing. This is his first decision after taking charge as SP UP president.

September 19: A number of youth leaders close to Akhilesh Yadav quit hours after state party chief Shivpal Yadav expelled seven youth leaders, including three MLCs. Sunil Singh Sajan, Anand Bhadauria and Sanjay lathar — all MLCs — were shown the door for making “derogatory remarks” against party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, indulging in anti-party activities and indiscipline by Shivpal, who also cracked the whip on other youth leaders of the pro-chief minister camp.

September 20: Amar Singh, who survived the recent “outsider” storm in ruling Samajwadi party, is appointed as the SP general secretary by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

October 3: Akhilesh Yadav feigns ignorance about an announcement of certain party candidates for the forthcoming assembly polls. Talking to reporters after inaugurating his new office here, Akhilesh Yadav, who is also the chairman of the party’s state parliamentary board, says “I do not have any idea about any list being released by the party.” Shivpal Singh Yadav had released the new list of the candidates.

October 14: Mulayam Singh Yadav snubs Akhilesh and says that the party’s chief ministerial candidate will be decided by elected party legislatures after the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. “The chief ministerial candidate will be decided by the elected party legislatures and parliamentary board.”

October 16: A day after senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav suggested Akhilesh Yadav be made the chief ministerial candidate, Samajwadi party state president, Shivpal Singh Yadav says, “He will himself propose Akhilesh’s name for the post of chief minister if the party is voted to power again.”

October 17: After evident hesitation, Samajwadi party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav endorses his son Akhilesh Yadav as the presumptive chief ministerial candidate of the party moving into the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

October 21: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav skips an important meeting called by state party chief Shivpal Yadav to strategise for the assembly polls due early next year where the latter declared him the party’s chief ministerial face.

October 22: Member of legislative council Udayveer Singh is expelled from the party. The expulsion came as a result of him accusing Mulayam Singh’s second wife of being part of a conspiracy against Uttar Pradesh chief minister a day earlier.

October 23: Akhilesh Yadav called in a meeting of Samajwadi Party (SP) legislators on Sunday. The meeting was called at the chief minister’s official 5, Kalidas Marg residence, a day before SP
chief Mulayam Singh Yadav meets the party legislators at the state headquarters on Vikramaditya Marg.

October 23: At the meeting called by Akhilesh Yadav at his residence, Shivpal Singh Yadav was sacked from the party. Four other senior leaders who were supporters of Mulayam Singh Yadav were also removed from the party. They include Narad Rai, Om Prakash, Shadab Fatima, Gayatri Prasad Prajapati.

October 23: Mulayam Singh Yadav sacked Ram Gopal Yadav and expelled him from SP for six years. Shivpal Yadav, who was earlier sacked by Akhilesh, said that Ram Gopal has been working for BJP and created groups inside the Samajwadi party to divide the party. He said, “They have created a group of goons who trouble people and create every kind of nuisance in the state. He (Ram Gopal) has been conspiring against me, he has been involved with BJP to save his son.”

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