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Chaos Erupts At SP's Lucknow Office, As Akhilesh's Supporters Remove Shivpal's Nameplate

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01/01/2017 5:18 PM IST | Updated 01/01/2017 7:14 PM IST
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Chaos broke out at the Samajwadi Party's office in Lucknow this evening after supporters of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav created a ruckus. According to ANI, the crowd removed the state CM's uncle Shivpal Yadav's nameplate while demonstrating against the steps taken by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday removed Shivpal Singh Yadav as Samajwadi Party's Uttar Pradesh unit chief and appointed MLC Naresh Uttam in his place, soon after being anointed its 'president' at a disputed national convention.

Akhilesh has made Uttam the new president of SP's state unit, replacing Shivpal, party leader Rajendra Chaudhary said.

Soon after Uttam's appointment, Akhilesh supporters took control of the party office and removed Shivpal's nameplate outside his room, despite a heavy deployment of police personnel outside the office this morning.

Uttam, who is also a Member of Legislative Council, said his aim would be to ensure victory for Samajwadi Party in the next polls and make Akhilesh chief minister for another term.

Asked about ticket distribution, he said 'party president' Akhilesh will decide the tickets for the remaining seats. Uttam also addressed party workers in the office.

Earlier today, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav had called a National Executive meet of the party and demanded several actions, including the removal of Shivpal from the post of the president of the SP's UP unit and the sacking of Amar Singh. He also announced Akhilesh as the unanimous choice of those gathered at the meet for the role of the party's president, after which the CM's supporters erupted in joy.

Mulayam retaliated by declaring all the motions passed at the meet unconstitutional and illegal. He sacked Ram Gopal for the second time from the party for 6 years and announced his own conclave on 5 January.

According to agencies, he also sacked Kiranmoy Nanda and Naresh Agrawal, two other members of the party as well.

Mulayam has said the list of candidates issued by him earlier is the final list of the candidates contesting in the upcoming assembly elections and that the remaining names will be revealed soon.

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