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Akhilesh Yadav reinstated, Samajwadi Party avoids split ahead of UP polls

01st January 2017, 12:00 Hrs

Akhilesh Yadav reinstated, Samajwadi Party avoids split ahead of UP polls

New Delhi

In efforts to keep the Samajwadi Party (SP) from splitting right before the before the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly election, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was taken back into the party by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday.

The party was on the verge on a split on Friday when Akhilesh Yadav and his close aide and party’s national general secretary, Ram Gopal Yadav were expelled from the party by Mulayam Singh for six years over indiscipline on Friday. Ram Gopal Yadav’s expulsion has also been revoked.

The decision was taken after senior SP leader Azam Khan brokered peace between the warring son (Akhilesh Yadav) and father (Mulayam Singh) at a meeting in Lucknow.

Earlier in the day, Akhilesh Yadav convened a meeting of SP legislators where over 200 of the 229 party MLAs turned up expressing their loyalty with the chief minister.

“According to Netaji’s (Mulayam Singh) orders, the expulsion of both Akhilesh and Ram Gopal has been revoked with immediate effect. We are one and will fight communal forces together. SP will once again form a majority government,” said SP state president, Shivpal Yadav. To be sure, Shivpal Yadav was present with the party chief when the decision to expel the two party leaders was announced.

Apart from senior SP leaders, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav also spoke to Mulayam Singh Yadav, and asked him to stay united to fight communal forces in the crucial state election due in 2017.

Prospects of a split in the SP were building up in the last one week as both factions sparred over ticket distribution. Akhilesh Yadav had released his own list of 235 candidates for the upcoming assembly election against the official list of 325 candidates issued by Mulayam Singh on Thursday, after his close aides were denied a ticket for the elections.

“We all will sit together and take a decision on this. Netaji and Akhilesh Yadav will sit together to make a list of candidates. There is no fight now, “ Shivpal Yadav said regarding the list of candidates which had intensified the feud in the family.

The announcement of a showcause notice over indiscipline to Akhilesh Yadav for issuing a parallel candidate list and Ram Gopal Yadav for his anti-party statement in the media and their subsequent expulsion happened at the same press conference on Friday.

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