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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

As it happened | Akhilesh’s tough love deposes Mulayam, battle over party symbol

SP will be holding its national convention in Lucknow on Sunday which was called by Ram Gopal Yadav on an emergency basis two days ago.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2017 01:07 IST
Rajesh Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal and Pawan Dixit
Rajesh Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal and Pawan Dixit
Lucknow, Hindustan Times
The UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was declared the national president of the Samajwadi Party in a national executive meeting called on January 1, 2017, deposing his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was declared the national president of the Samajwadi Party in a national executive meeting called on January 1, 2017, deposing his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. (Akhilesh Yadav/Twitter)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Sunday that making the right decision was important to “protect someone you love”. “Today’s decision was tough...” he posted on Twitter, referring to the coup of sorts that unseated his father Mulayam Singh as the ruling Samajwadi Party’s national president.

On a day of dramatic developments, an “extraordinary national convention” by the CM’s camp also “sacked” Shivpal Yadav as the state party president and expelled parliamentarian Amar Singh from the party.

For his part, Mulayam called another national convention of the party on January 5, declaring as illegal all decisions giving Akhilesh the upper hand. Mulayam sacked party national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, who declared that the “special emergency” meeting had elected Akhilesh as the party national president.

This is the latest in a protracted tussle for control of the party between factions loyal to Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal Yadav ahead of state polls due early this year.

Here are the live updates:

10pm: Shivpal Yadav reaches Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence after Mulayam is checked by doctors

9:44pm: Akhilesh Yadav tweets about the day’s events, says he had to make the tough decision in reference to unseating father Mulayam as Samajwadi Party chief

9:40pm: Deposed SP state party president Shivpal Yadav hosts a dinner at his home. A video of him singing a song from the 70s movie ‘Upkar’ begins doing the rounds

9:27pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav complains of high blood pressure, doctors do a health check up at his residence

8:58pm: Shivpal Yadav says he is going with Mulayam to Delhi to retain their election symbol. “Their convention did not follow procedures,” he reportedly said. Akhilesh Yadav is also expected to go to Delhi to meet the commission to stake his claim to contest the assembly election under the SP symbol of cycle, ANI reported

7pm: SP to move Election Commission tomorrow; will stake claim to fight on party symbol in UP election as Akhilesh Yadav is now party’s national president: SP sources to ANI

6:40pm: It is unfortunate, netaji’s (Mulayam) step is totally unconstitutional... He doesn’t understand that Amar Singh and Shivpal have him in their grasp: Naresh Agarwal on his expulsion to ANI

6:38pm: AkhileshYadav appoints Naresh Uttam as the new SP state president, replacing Shivpal Yadav

5:50pm: Expelled Kiranmoy Nanda questions his removal. “Jiska koi haisiyat nahi hai vo kya kisi ko nikalenge? Kuch log Netaji ko confuse karte hain (How can one, who doesn’t have the authority, remove another? Some people are confusing Netaji Mulayam),” he says

5:15pm: Sources close to Akhilesh Yadav claim Shivpal Yadav manipulated letter issued by Mulayam Singh Yadav after party’s Parliamentary Board meet: ANI

4:50pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav expels Kiranmoy Nanda and Naresh Agrawal from Samajwadi Party for attending Akhilesh’s convention

4:45pm: Akhilesh supporters lay siege to SP headquarters in Lucknow, forcibly remove Shivpal Yadav’s nameplate outside his room

2:30pm: Mulayam announces SP’s National Convention will be held on January 5. “The candidates’ list issued earlier has been endorsed, decision to be taken on names for remaining seats soon,” he says

2:15pm: Mulayam Singh expels Ram Gopal Yadav for 6 years from Samajwadi Party, calls the national executive meeting held on Sunday as unconstitutional

11:54am: A meeting between Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal and senior party leader Beni Prasad Verma taking place at Mulayam’s residence

11:50am: Party vice-president Kiranmay Nanda declares that the party will contest state elections under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav

11:48am: If I have to make any sacrifice to save the party, I will, irrespective of whatever post I have: Akhilesh

11:48am: If there’s a conspiracy against Mulayam Singh Yadav, then it’s my responsibility to get to its root: Akhilesh Yadav

Mulayam Singh continues to hold the highest position for the party and me: Akhilesh

11:45 am: Sack Shivpal Yadav from post of state president and expel Amar Singh from the party: Ram Gopal Yadav

11:40am:  Akhilesh Yadav elected national president of Samajwadi Party, says Ram Gopal at the convention. He adds that Akhilesh will now constitute the parliamentary board of the party

11:20am: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav arrives at the national executive meet called by Ram Gopal Yadav

11:15am: Shivpal Yadav removes four district presidents – Azamgarh, Deoria, Mirzapur, Kushinagar – for anti-party activities

11am: Mulayam Singh Yadav writes letter to party workers, asks them not to attend national executive meet called by Ramgopal Yadav

10:34am: All the expelled SP youth associates of Akhilesh Yadav –– Sunil Singh Sajan, Pawan Pandey, Rajpal Kashyap, Anand Bhadauria, Mohammed Ebad have reached the venue

A poster in the Lucknow announcing the SP national convention.
A poster in the Lucknow announcing the SP national convention. ( HT photo )

9:36am: Before the start of the convention, state president of Shivpal Yadav reached Mulayam’s residence to discuss convention issue