The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday expelled MLC Udayveer Singh for six years after he incurred the wrath of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for writing a letter against SP’s ruling family. Udayveer had written a letter to SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav, asking him to step down from the party post in favour of his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Udayveer Singh was elected to the Vidhan Parishad from Etah-Mainpuri.
The decision to expel Udayveer came after Mulayam met senior leaders on Saturday morning to find ways to end the raging infighting which is threatening to take the party to the verge of a split.
In his letter, Udayveer not only claimed Mulayam’s younger brother and senior minister Shivpal Singh Yadav was very jealous of his nephew (Akhilesh), but also that Mulayam’s second wife Sadhna Yadav was involved in ‘jadu-tona’ (occult practises) against her stepson.
The crisis in the party escalated on Friday when Akhilesh skipped the crucial party meeting convened by state unit chief and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.
With the tense stand-off between Akhilesh and Shivpal continuing, speculation about a possible split is rife with some even suggesting that a new party could be formed by the Chief Minister ahead of the assembly elections.