Akhilesh disbands SP state unit, 15 frontal bodies

  • Masood Hasan, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: May 22, 2014 16:23 IST

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is also state Samajwadi Party president, on Thursday dissolved the state unit and all frontal organisations of the party days after the Lok Sabha poll debacle.

Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhury said the decision to disband the state unit and 15 frontal organisations had been taken after national president Mulayam Singh Yadav's nod. Akhilesh would, however, continue as the head of the state unit.

The party, which is in a state of shock after unprecedented electoral drubbing, had earlier sacked 36 leaders of the status of the ministers of state in various governmental organisations.

The decision to dissolve state unit and other bodies had been taken after three days of extensive review of the poll results in which the party could win just five seats.

Since the process of review was still underway, possibility of axe falling on more leaders, including ministers, could not be ruled out. Six ministers, who had contested the Lok Sabha election, performed badly, earning Mulayam's wrath.

At a meeting that reviewed the failure recently, Mulayam had told the defeated candidates and Akhilesh "with whom shall I sit in Parliament?", referring to spectacular wins by powerful regional leaders such as Naveen Patnaik, Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa.

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