SP chief Mulayam Singh on Friday expelled his son and UP Chief Minister and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years.
Flanked by brother Shivpal Yadav, who has been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister, Mulayam said to media that he had taken the action against Akhilesh and Ramgopal to save the party which he had built through hard efforts. He added that the party will decide on the new chief minister of UP.
The SP chief accused Ram Gopal of indulging in anti-party activities and said that he was weakening the party ahead of the assembly elections.
Ram Gopal Yadav had, earlier in the day, called a national convention of the Samajwadi Party on January 1 following a rift over the list of SP candidates finalised by Mulayam Singh for assembly polls.
Hitting out at Ram Gopal Yadav, Mulayam said “no one has the right to call national executive meeting” other than the party chief.
Mulayam also accused Ram Gopal Yadav of hurting the interests of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and misleading him.
The SP supremo also hit out at Akhilesh Yadav for siding with Ram Gopal Yadav in the party infighting.