The rift in the ruling Samajwadi Party from Uttar Pradesh widened as the party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav replaced his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh as the state president with his brother and senior minister Shivpal Singh Yadav.
“Mulayam Singh Yadav the president of SP has appointed you as the state president of the Uttar Pradesh unit. Hoping that you with your hard work will further strengthen the party,” SP’s General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said in a letter addressed to the new state president Shivpal Singh Yadav.
A copy of the letter was also sent to the ex- state president and current UP CM Akhilesh Yadav. The development came after Akhilesh pulled out state Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, considered him close to Shivpal Singh, and replaced him with Rahul Bhatnagar.
Mr Singhal had taken over as the Chief Secretary only two months ago.
Disputes between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav have been reported many a times in past, including on the decision of appointing an official as the state’s chief secretary after the end of Alok Ranjan’s term and the postponement of Qaumi Ekta Dal’s merger with the SP.
Qaumi Ekta Dal is headed by a mafia-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari.