The rift between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav camps escalated sharply on Monday after the two leaders launched a fight against each other on all front, While the supporters of the two leaders engaged in scuffle outside party office, Akhilesh and Shivpal fought a war of words, on dais as well as off it. The situation was so tense that security forces had to intervene to mitigate the situation.
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav called for a mega meeting of party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and ministers at the party office on Monday. The meeting could be landmark in the UP politics as SP is heading for split after the in-party rift widened on Sunday.
Actions and reactions by Akhilesh Yadav and UP party chief Shivpal Yadav on Sunday are going to be the chief topic of discussion. It is speculated that SP chief Mulayam may make a big announcement after the meeting.
Here are the live updates:
#MLC Ashu Malik meets UP CM Akhilesh Yadav at his residence in Lucknow
Lucknow: SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav calls for a meeting with Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav at his residence at 5:30 PM.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 24, 2016
#Meeting between Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav ends
#Kolkata: Amar Singh refuses to answer questions on rift in Samajwadi Party
#Shivpal reaches Mulayam residence, meeting underway
#Shivpal, Akhilesh trade charges on dais, CM's mike snatched amid commotion
#Akhilesh also had a heated argument with father and party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav
#Security forces intervene to stop debate, Shivpal calls Akhilesh liar: Sources
#Heated argument between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav breaks out during latter's speech.
#Look at PM Modi, he became PM with dedication & struggle. He comes from a poor family, says he can't leave his mother: Mulayam Singh Yadav (Watch full speech here)
#Amar Singh is my brother, says Mulayam
#Drunkards, goons have been added to the party. You get some power and it goes to your head. Shivpal Yadav is leader of the masses: MS Yadav
#If you can't face criticism, you can't be a leader: Mulayam Yadav
#I will never forget the work Shivpal has done for me and Samajwadi Party: Mulayam Singh Yadav
#Need great vision to be come great leader: Mulayam
#We have worked really hard to form this party: Mulayam Yadav
# Could have become PM, but did not compromis: Mulayam
#I am not a weak person, even to this day. Do not think that the youth is not with me, says Mulayam
#Some ministers are just busy being sycophants. And people who can't think big can't be a minister: Mulayam Yadav
#Instead of fighting our weaknesses we are fighting amongst ourselves: Mulayam Yadav
#I feel really sad because of this rift in our family, says Mulayam Yadav
#Mulayam Singh addresses the meeting
#People who work to weaken SP, who work against us...they should know we will form Govt again with Netaji's sweat & blood: Shivpal Yadav (Watch full speech here)
#Akhilesh speaks out on Prajapati episode, Amar Singh; alleges a definite conspiracy within the party
#I was hurt when Amar Singh said that by November Akhilesh will not be CM in UP. Ramgopal ji didnt say that: Akhilesh Yadav
#UP CM Akhilesh Yadav breaks down while giving a speech at SP office in Lucknow (Watch full speech here)
#Would have resigned if asked to, says Akhilesh Yadav
#Along with an efficient govt, it is my responsibility to weed out conspirators from the party, says Akhilesh Yadav
#People are saying a new party will be formed. Who is forming is a new party? I am not: Akhilesh Yadav
#People who have been ousted from party need to leave the meeting, force won't work: Shivpal Yadav at Samajwadi Party meeting
#Akshay Yadav, son of Ram Gopal Yadav writes letter (Read full story here)
#Mulayam Singh Yadav reaches party office for meeting
#Situation tense outside party office, police called from other districts, RRF deployed
#SSP Manzil Saini takes charge to control the situation, IG, DIG also on spot
#Akhilesh Yadav reaches party office ahead of key meeting with Mulayam, Shivpal
#Scuffle between party workers and police outside party office: Sources
#We are preparing for upcoming elections and will directly meet people, I knew this will happen someday: Shivpal Singh Yadav
#Shivpal Yadav reaches party office for high level meeting
#Akhilesh Yadav crosses in front of party office, but does not go in
#Youth party workers raise slogans outside party office before key meeting
#Mulayam Singh Yadav calls for high level meeting to resolve rift
On Sunday, the ruling Samajwadi Party appeared to be headed for a split as the face-off between Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav worsened as the day progressed. Both of them sacked each other’s loyalists Shivpal Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav.
While Akhilesh sacked Shivpal, his uncle and party’s state unit chief, along with three other “pro-Amar Singh” ministers from his Cabinet, his father hit back by dismissing Ramgopal, pro-CM cousin and SP’s national general secretary, from the party for six years.