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    Akhilesh unseats father, assumes charge as SP chief

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    Vertical split in Samajwadi Party

    Akhilesh unseats father, assumes charge as SP chief

     

    Lucknow, January 1

    The ongoing power struggle in the ruling Samajwadi Party escalated and has taken ugly turn on Sunday with the party's convention appointing UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the national president, a position held by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav for decades.

    At an Emergency National Convention, Mulayam was made the party patron. Hitting back, Mulayam expelled Rajya Sabha MPs Kironmoy Nanda and Naresh Agarwal for presiding over the convention.

    Mulayam termed unconstitutional the “convention” called by SP general secretary Ramgopal Yadav. A furious Mulayam expelled Ramgopal, his cousin, from the party for six years for the third time — he was expelled for the first time in October — hours after the latter made the announcement.

     

    In a , Mulayam termed Sunday's national convention illegal and unconstitutional, and called a rival national convention on January 5.

     

    “The candidates' list issued earlier has been endorsed. Decision to be taken on names for remaining seats soon,” Mulayam said at a press briefing.

     

    Earlier, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav replaced Mulayam Singh Yadav as the national president, Amar Singh was shown the door and uncle Shivpal Yadav was removed from the post of state president.

     

    Akhilesh named veteran Samajwadi leader Naresh Uttam Patel as new state president in place of Shivpal. A Kurmi (OBC) leader, Patel was nominated vice-president of the party in January 2015 by Mulayam.

     

    Akhilesh's supporters took over the party office and removed Shivpal's nameplate.

     

    All organisations at the state and national level have been dissolved.

     

    In a desperate attempt to stall the convention, Mulayam issued a notice describing the “so-called Special Convention” as unconstitutional. He threatened of stern disciplinary action against those who attended the convention.

     

    “You are informed that disciplinary action would be taken against those who attend the convention, sign or support any resolution as it would be considered anti-party activity and stern action would be taken,” said Mulayam's letter, clearly his last as the national president of the party.

     

    Speaking at the meeting, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that for him Netaji's position was the most important. “I am his son. No one can hurt our relationship. I will do anything to protect him and the party and my respect for him has increased. He would be the happiest when a Samajwadi Party government returns to power.”

     

    Newly appointed national president Akhilesh alleged that some people were conspiring in the party by taking decisions in his name harming Netaji's interest as well as the interest of the party. He said that at such a crucial juncture such elements could get any decision passed by him or any paper signed by him which might damage the chances of Samajwadi Party by compromising with communal forces.

     

    Interestingly, while Mulayam has reportedly called a meeting of the parliamentary board, most of its members were on the stage at the national convention at Janeshwar Mishra Park where they unanimously passed these significant resolutions.

     

    While Rajya Sabha MP and national general secretary Kironmoy Nanda presided over the meeting, almost all party MPs, including veterans like Reoti Raman Singh and ministers like Balram Yadav were present to support the resolutions to replace Mulayam, throw out Amar Singh and remove Shivpal.

     

    Earlier, welcoming the large number of delegates at the convention, Ramgopal Yadav explained the need to call the convention after a conspiracy to remove Akhilesh from post of the state president's post.

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