Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has cancelled press conference scheduled for 9pm on Friday and has instead announced that he will meet his Cabinet at 9am on Saturday. Attendance at this meeting is likely to decide Akhilesh Yadav's future as the state's chief minister as well as in the political arena in most crucial state.
He has also scheduled a meeting with party workers and his loyalists at 12 noon.
In a shocking development amid the Yadav family feud, Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son Akhilesh Yadav from the party. Mulayam has also expelled his brother Ram Gopal Yadav from the party.
Reacting on the news, Ram Gopal Yadav termed the termination unconstitutional, “Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) is not aware of of party’s constitution. It was unconstitutional to fire two people only hours after issuing showcause notice.” (Read full story here)
In a show of support, over 100 SP MLAs gathered outside UP CM Akhilesh’s house, hinting at where their loyalties lie in a party splitting from the middle. Akhilesh has also called for a meeting with all MLAs at 9 AM on Saturday. (Read full coverage here)