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Uttar Pradesh Had Already Waved Akhilesh Yadav Off, His Expulsion Doesn't Matter, Says BJP's Shrikant Sharma

"In family-centered parties, if the family breaks up, the party also falls apart."

30/12/2016 10:24 PM IST | Updated 30/12/2016 10:24 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Reacting to the expulsion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and National National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the Samajwadi Party, political parties across all spectrums on Friday called the fiasco as the internal matter and denied any major impact on the forthcoming state assembly polls.

"In family-centered parties, if the family breaks up, the party also falls apart," BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma told ANI here.

"People of Uttar Pradesh had already waved Akhilesh off, his expulsion doesn't have much impact," he added.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav called the fiasco as unfortunate and termed it as party's internal matter.

"It is unfortunate. However it is their internal matter," he said.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday evening expelled his son Akhilesh from the party just ahead of crucial elections in Uttar Pradesh. He has also expelled his cousin and senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav for the second time in months, accused him of "spoiling the career of the chief minister."

The Samajwadi Party chief said both Akhilesh and Ram Gopal have been sacked for weakening the party.

Earlier in the day, Mulayam issued a showcause notice to Akhilesh for issuing a candidate list separately for the upcoming state assembly polls.

I will decide as to who will be the chief ministerial candidate of the party," Mulayam said.

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