Loud protests broke out outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's residence late Friday following his expulsion from the Samajwadi Party by his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Akhilesh Yadav urged the UP Police chief to ensure adequate security outside Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav's residence. He reportedly asked a few party leaders to calm the protestors, assuring them he would meet with them on Saturday.
Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled Akhilesh Yadav for six years from the SP party late Friday at a press briefing citing "gross indiscipline." He also suspended Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years, in a move that is set to throw the state into political chaos ahead of the crucial assembly polls.
He had earlier issued a showcause notice to Akhilesh Yadav for issuing a separate list of candidates for UP Polls. A showcause notice was also issued to Ram Gopal Yadav for making anti-party statements.
Ram Gopal has called his expulsion "unconstitutional" and maintains he is still the general secretary of the party. He said the move was not legitimate as it came just hours after a show-cause notice was issued o him. Ram Gopal Yadav had earlier called an emergency meeting of Samajwadi Party representatives on January 1.
Earlier Mulayam Singh Yadav had called a meeting of all the candidates who were given tickets, even as Akhilesh Yadav met the SP core group at his residence on a day the party faced the possibility of a split. This comes a day after the younger Yadav circulated his own list of 235 candidates for the Assembly elections.
Shivpal Yadav who has sided with Mulayam, met the elder Yadav at his residence today but did not answer questions of reporters waiting outside. There's a meeting tomorrow of the 393 candidates who have been allotted tickets by him, PTI reported.
Here are the live updates:
3:46 PM: Ram Gopal Yadav is on his way to Lucknow to meet Akhilesh Yadav. After their meeting, the two plan to meet SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. In this meeting of three, if a rapprochement is reached, Mulayam's brother Shivpal may join them.
3:47 PM: Shivpal Yadav left for Netaji's house.
4:30 PM: Akhilesh Yadav calls for a meeting with supporters on 1 January at his residence.
4:31 PM: SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav says party will contest polls according to Akhilesh's list.He told News18:"Akhilesh's candidates are mine.Those who are opposing Akhilesh are ruined. Within 2-3 days things will be more clear who will contest on which symbol. There is one person in the party who is spoiling everything."
5:03 PM: Akhilesh Yadav, SP General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and key aides meet at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's official residence.
5:22 PM: Mulayam Singh Yadav issues showcause notice to Akhilesh Yadav for issuing separate list of candidates for UP Polls. Showcause notice also issued to Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav for making anti-party statements.
5:23 PM: Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav has called an emergency meeting of Samajwadi Party representatives on January 1.
5: 59 PM: The Akhilesh Yadav camp are seeking to dethrone Mulayam Singh Yadav as Samajwadi Party's national president, sources tell HuffPost India.
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6:33 PM: Ram Gopal Yadav suspended from the party for six years for indiscipline: SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
6:45 PM: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav also suspended for six years from the party over indiscipline: SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
7:00 PM WATCH: Mulayam Singh Yadav says "Akhilesh won't apologise, he fights with me. If Akhilesh considers me my father then I'll see."
7:01 PM: Supporters gather outside Akhilesh Yadav's residence.
7:10 PM: Ram Gopal Yadav says he is still general secretary of Samajwadi Party. He calls his explusion "unconstitutional".
7:30 PM: Supporters gather outside Akhilesh Yadav's residence, raise slogans in his support after SP Chief expelled him for six years from party.
9:00 PM: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav calls for a meeting with all MLAs at 9 AM tomorrow | ANI
9:15 PM: Akhilesh Yadav greets his supporters outside his residence.
9:26 PM: Akhilesh Yadav's supporters protest against his explusion.
With ANI and PTI inputs