Akhilesh, Ramgopal back in SP after expulsions

Press trust of India

Lucknow: Faced with an imminent split which could have drastically reduced his clout, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Saturday revoked the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Ramgopal, just a day after they were sacked for ‘‘indiscipline’’.

With the writing on the wall loud and clear after Akhilesh mustered an overwhelming majority of party MLAs in his support, Yadav asked his younger sibling and state SP chief Shivpal to announce revocation of the expulsion of the two.
‘‘On the SP supremo’s directive, expulsion of Akhilesh and Ramgopal from SP is being revoked with immediate effect,’’ tweeted Shivpal Yadav, who has a running feud with the Chief Minister, after hectic confabulations.

‘‘I met party chief Mulayam Singh along with CM Akhilesh Yadav. Netaji has given the order that the suspension orders of Akhilesh and Ram Gopal are terminated with immediate effect,’’ Shivpal said.

‘‘‘All of us together will fight communal forces and we will once again form an SP government in UP with full majority. These are my orders. We will hold discussions within ourselves and decide, and prepare for the upcoming elections,’’ he said.
‘‘‘All matters have been resolved and we will fight the upcoming polls together. We will all sit together with Netaji and I am sure all problems will be resolved,” he said.

With the change of scenario, the emergency national convention of the SP, called by SP general secretary Ramgopal Yadav here Sunday is likely to become a show of solidarity.
Party insiders said a new list of candidates, bearing the stamp of Akhilesh and his father, might be prepared to present a show of unity in the party which has become synonymous with factional feuds every now and then. PNN

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