Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday sacked Sharda Pratap Shukla for contesting UP assembly elections on a Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) ticket.
“Minister of State for Higher Education (Independent charge), Sharda Pratap Shukla, has been sacked by Governor Ram Naik on recommendations of the Chief Minister,” a Rajbhawan officer said.
Samajwadi Party ticket was denied to Shukla, a sitting MLA from Sarojni Nagar seat in the state capital, following which he filed nomination on RLD ticket.
From this seat, SP has given ticket to Mulayam Singh Yadav’s nephew Anurag Yadav.
ALSO READ | Yadav ‘bahus’ Dimple, Aparna: Striking difference in approach during campaigns
When contacted, SP chief Spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said Shukla has also been expelled from the party for indulging in anti-party activities.