SP youths burn effigy of Amar Singh, demand his expulsion

by Garry Watts September 18, 2016, 0:18
SP youths burn effigy of Amar Singh, demand his expulsion

Making it clear that he had great respect for Akhilesh Yadav as he had been elected by Uttar Pradesh who reposed their faith in him, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, however, stated that the Chief Minister's "cycle" which is the Samajwadi Party's symbol, will not run in the state anymore as it is stuck.

Akhilesh Yadav, on Friday, restored all the portfolios that were withdrawn from Shivpal earlier this week.

Before coming face-to-face with Mulayam and Shivpal, Akhilesh made his demands clear during a political conclave organised by Hindi news channel India TV in Lucknow.

Attacking some of his own party men he said "Till I am here there can't be any internal dispute". Amidst slogans of "Akhilesh bhaiya zindabad (Long live Akhilesh)" and "Shivpal tum sangharsh karo, hum tumhare saath hain (Shivpal continue your struggle, we are with you)", Mulayam could sense the rebellion when he shouted, "Aap log chup ho jaiye, main baat kar raha hoon (Please be quiet, I am saying something)".

Amidst the power struggle within Samajwadi Party (SP), Shivpal's son Aditya Yadav appears to have come out front beside his father.

In a message to his supporters Akhilesh said, "Stop the agitation now".

"If I get departments I will work on that and if I become the party chief, I will fulfill that responsibility", says Shivpal.

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Annoyance against Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh continued even after the crisis ended between the "chacha and bhatija" when party's youth activists burnt Mr Singh's effigy at the state party office here today. When I have said that for me, Netaji's hint is an order...

"I had resigned from all posts last night after a brief meeting with Akhilesh. There are many such people who are cabinet ministers but do not do any work", Shivpal said.

Now that Nitish Kumar has handed Bihar over to Lalu Prasad and sons, we may some day soon see similar things happen in another desperately poor, hopelessly illiterate state.

The senior party leader was, however, not forthcoming over his resignation from the state government.

Samajwadi party high voltage drama is on road in Lucknow where supporters of CM Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav clashed outside SP state office.

"We have a big family, differences may occur..."

Akhilesh Yadav supporters are sullen that the decisions of their leader had been reversed and the re-induction of ministers like Gayatri Prajapati in the cabinet would taint his clean image. Singh is yet to reconcile with his position in the party.

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