In the wake of unabated hooliganism and violence involving party workers, a worried SP national president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday asked Uttar Pradesh ministers to ensure the new regime's image was not tarnished.
Addressing the ministers at a closed-door meeting in the presence of his son and CM Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam warned them of strict action if they do not end lawlessness.
“Indiscipline will not be tolerated...and if anything comes up, we will be forced to take action,” he warned. “Even one’s stature will not serve as insurance against action.”
Mulayam was reportedly very annoyed with supporters of textile minister Mahboob Ali who brandished guns during celebrations on the busy 35-km stretch from Moradabad station to Amroha on Sunday and Monday. The supporters allegedly fired in the air, burst crackers and created a blockade.
On Tuesday, five party workers — Nasir Ali, Istikhar Hussain, Noor Pahalwan, Arshad Bharti and Riyazul Hasan — were expelled for six years for their alleged involvement in the celebratory firing.
Mulayam asked the ministers to keep their supporters “in control” and ensure that people did not “regret” having voted for the SP in the assembly elections.
When the ministers emerged from the meeting that lasted three hours, smiles were missing from their faces and many of them refused to talk to the media.
“He was harsh as well as inspiring. It was a kind of ultimatum to ministers on how to behave,” a minister said.
Teen kills self after SP leader’s assault
Kanpur: An 18-year-old allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself after a SP worker allegedly assaulted him in public for refusing to pay a parking fee.
Ankit Yadav later went home and committed suicide by hanging himself, the police said. In a suicide note, Yadav has reportedly blamed SP leader Shashank Tiwari for his death.