From “WHYs” to “HOWs”, Samajhwadi Party has turned out to be the current gossip and top-priority news of Uttar Pradesh. Here’s how it has come under the most trending topic of today-
What is it about?
Well, the flashing of breaking news on every channel must have filled your ears about the feud going on around in Samajwadi Party.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has expelled Shivpal Yadav, state President of Samajwadi Party from the cabinet. Not to forget, Shivpal Yadav is Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger brother. This did not end here because hours after that, Shivpal in turn expelled his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years.
Since then, Samajwadi Party has been the most discussed topic for everyone. But everything doesn’t start out of the blue, right? Same way, Samajwadi Party has got some history too.
How it all began?
Back on August 15, 2016, Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) decided to join hands with Samajhwadi Party one more time. Akhilesh Yadav had previously turned down Mukhtar Ansari’s proposal for the same. But this time, he agreed to the approach. But what went ahead was unlooked for. Just three days after his acceptance with QED, he backed off from the plan. This made Shivpal Singh take steps to resign to the party but was stopped by Mulayam Singh.
Later on, Akhilesh Yadav removed Deepak Singhal, the chief secretary from his post on September 13. Shivpal’s disappointment made him take decisions about quitting the party again. Shivpal Yadav was then appointed as the new Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party’s state President.
In one of his statements to the media, Akhilesh Yadav 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”?
This created a doubt among the public as to what could be going around in this political family.
Yet another statement of Naresh Agarwal, the SP leader, he gives an air of doubt again. He goes by his words, “if there is any outsider, who is interfering, he should stop immediately”.
All this was quite enough to the public guess about the ongoing feud in the Yadav family. But to add more to it, Shivpal Singh Yadav resigned from the cabinet on September 15 and even quit as state unit president of Samajwadi party. But Akhilesh announced that Shivpal will continue as the Samajwadi Party state President.
On September 18, Shivpal expelled Ram Gopal Yadav as he along with another leader was charged as culprits in a land grabbing case. September 19 brought about a massive expulsion of seven youth leaders, including three MLCs. Sunil Singh Sajan, Anand Bhadauria and Sanjay Lather. This made many youth leaders quit the party.
Amar Singh was then appointed as the SP general secretary by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Even after Shivpal has released a new list of candidates for the next assemble polls, Akhilesh gave his remark saying, “I do not have any idea about any list being released by the party.” Well!
Mulayam Singh then announced that the chief ministerial candidate would be decided by the elected party legislatures and parliamentary board. October 17 marked the day when Mulayam Singh Yadav approved Akhilesh Yadav as the presumptive chief ministerial candidate of the party for 2017 assembly elections. On October 22, Udayveer Singh, a member of Legislative Council got expelled from the party.
Finally, on October 23, Shivpal Yadav got expelled from the party (but back again in cabinet on 24th) along with four other senior leaders Narad Rai, Om Prakash, Shadab Fatima, Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. There on, Mulayam Singh Yadav removed Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years. Shivpal Yadav was being heard saying, “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.”
In a way, we can say that time is very well in favour of Akhilesh Yadav. But the question is, “Is it all or is there more to come?”