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Akhilesh Yadav meets UP governor, sparks speculation

By IANS Updated: Oct 27, 2016 12:07 am

Lucknow, October 26: Amid a bitter and public war of supremacy in the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met Governor Ram Naik at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday afternoon.
There was no official word from Raj Bhavan on the meeting and officials said it was a routine meeting in which the Chief Minister extended “advance greetings” for Diwali to the Governor.
Sources, however, told IANS that the 30-minute meeting was “detailed and exhaustive” as the Chief Minister informed the Governor of the developments within his party.
Expulsion of Minister of State for Forests Tej Narayan Pandey aka Pawan Pandey earlier in the day was also discussed. Akhilesh has been asked by the party to sack him from the ministry as well.
An informed source said that Akhilesh Yadav handed over a letter of support from 205 legislators of his party and briefed Naik about the legislature meeting of his party MLAs. The move is being seen as an attempt by the Chief Minister’s camp to pre-empt any move by his uncle Shivpal Yadav and father Mulayam Singh Yadav to upstage him at any point of time in near future.SP chief Mulayam has, however, made it clear that for now, there was no move to remove the Chief Minister. “Akhilesh is Chief Minister today and nobody has an objection to it,” the SP supremo told a press conference on Tuesday.
Mulayam had also said that he himself was not interested in the job, as there were just two-odd months left before the notification of the forthcoming state assembly polls.
“Will I become Chief Minister for two months? In this time only salaries of government employees will be distributed,” he said.
But despite the bravado and claims that all is well, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav does not seem to be in a mood to relent and has reportedly refused to take back the four sacked ministers in his cabinet until some young leaders and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, all expelled from the party for six years, are taken back.
Before meeting the Governor, Akhilesh on Wednesday morning met party legislators, members of legislative council and other leaders, including those who have been expelled from the party.

Shivpal Yadav sacks minister close to Akhilesh Yadav

The rift in the Samajwadi Party showed no signs of ending with state unit chief Shivpal Yadav today expelling minister Tej Narain Pandey, who has been in the party for six years. Tej Narain Pandey, who is also known as Pawan Pandey, is considered close to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Pandey had allegedly clashed with Samajwadi Party MLC Ashu Malik at a party meet.
“Pawan Pandey is being expelled from Samajwadi Party for six years on charges of indiscipline,” Shivpal Yadav announced at a press conference at the party headquarters in Lucknow.
Shivpal Yadav said that he has written a letter to the chief minister requesting him to sack Mr Pandey from his ministry.
Replying to questions at the press conference, Yadav maintained that there was no dispute in the Samajwadi Party.
Malik had alleged that Mr Pandey had slapped him at the chief minister’s residence.
“Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had called me to clarify things related to a news article published in an English daily wherein Akhilesh Yadav was referred to as Aurangzeb and Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh as Shahjahan,” Malik had told reporters after the incident.
“When I was at CM’s residence, party leader Pawan Pandey came and attacked me. He slapped me twice,” he said.
“I was asked to show up as the chief minister wanted to clarify things related to the news article in front of people but my presence was misunderstood by others,” he said. Malik said that Akhilesh Yadav was not present at his residence when the incident took place.
Malik had lodged a written complaint against Mr Pandey accusing him of attacking him, but no FIR has been registered in the matter so far.
Shivpal Yadav’s latest move to expel Mr Pandey, who is considered close to Akhilesh Yadav, comes a day after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav sought to project an ‘all is well’ image.
The “party and family are united”, Mulayam Singh Yadav had said.
Mulayam Singh had strongly defended party lawmaker Amar Singh, who is being blamed by the Akhilesh Yadav faction for the problems in the family.
There are some conspirators, who do not have any mass base,” Mulayam Singh Yadav told a hurriedly convened press conferences.
“There is no ‘matbhed’ (differences) or ‘manbhed’ (ill feelings) among our leaders,” Yadav said.
Asked whether Shivpal Yadav and other sacked ministers would then be reinstated in the Akhilesh cabinet, he had said, “I leave this to CM…. You ask him why he made them ministers and why he sacked them.”

By IANS Updated: Oct 27, 2016 12:07:37 am