Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav was sacked today for the third time by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav after he declared Akhilesh Yadav as the new national president of the SP at a special national convention.
Mulayam termed the national convention as unconstitutional and dismissed the proposals passed in it as illegal.
“This meet was called without consulting the national secretary of the party and the proposal passed in it is illegal. Stringent action will be taken against the people involved in it,” said the letter issue by Mulayam.
The SP supremo announced the decision after a meeting of the party’s central parliamentary board. State SP chief Shivpal Yadav was also present with him.
This is the latest in a protracted tussle for control of the party between camps loyal to Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, ahead of state polls due early this year.
The letter issued after the meeting clearly blamed Ram Gopal Yadav for “conspiring” to harm the party. Mulayam has also convened a national convention of the party on January 5.
Earlier in the day before the convention commenced, Mulayam Singh had issued a warning to party members against attending the programme, saying it was in total violation of the party’s constitution.
On December 30, the feud-riddled Samajwadi Party hurtled towards a split after Mulayam had expelled UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years.
The shock move came a day after Akhilesh, the party patriarch’s son, came up with his own list of 235 candidates for assembly polls. His action was viewed as defiance to his father and his uncle, who had released the party’s official list earlier.