Samajwadi Party feud: Events as they unfolded on October 24, 2016

Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party was in turmoil on Monday as party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav publicly pulled up his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at a meeting which ended on a fiery note with sacked minister Shivpal Yadav calling Akhilesh a "liar".

By Prashant V Singh | By Ankita Bhandari | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 00:20

Lucknow: The feud in UP's ruling Samajwadi Party on Monday came out into the open with a high-voltage drama unfolding in full public view during which party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav sided with his younger brother Shivpal and friend Amar Singh, and reprimanded son Akhilesh Yadav but ruled out his removal as Chief Minister.

Amid speculation about a possible split ahead of the assembly polls, the bitter power struggle in SP's first family played out on stage at a meeting called by its supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of party legislators, MPs and other leaders where Akhilesh, blowing hot and cold, first offered to step down in a choked voice but later accused Amar Singh and those close to him of hatching a "conspiracy" against him and his father.

There were sharp exchanges between Akhilesh and Mulayam, who virtually dismissed him as an insignificant entity in UP politics who could not win an election without his support.

24 October 2016, 23:46 PM

Shivpal Singh was not able to meet Akhilesh Yadav at his residence. 

24 October 2016, 23:09 PM

Samjwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal meets Ram Gopal Yadav in Delhi.

24 October 2016, 22:59 PM

For me silence is the best strategic answer to all questions, says Amar Singh.

24 October 2016, 22:58 PM

My best wishes to Akhilesh Yadav, he is son of my supreme leader, won't make any comment, says Amar Singh.

24 October 2016, 22:58 PM

Shivpal Yadav goes to meet Akhilesh Yadav at CM's residence in Lucknow.

24 October 2016, 19:05 PM

There is no question of forming a new party; People who have nothing will form new party, Akhilesh has all support: Ram Gopal Yadav

24 October 2016, 19:05 PM

No Opposition party has ever levelled any alleagtions against UP CM but sadly partymen are doing it: Ram Gopal Yadav

 

24 October 2016, 19:05 PM

I stand with Akhilesh Yadav, we will again make him Chief Minister: Ramgopal Yadav to ANI

24 October 2016, 18:03 PM

UP CM had called Ashu Malik to clarify things about the matter in front of few people which was misunderstood by them: Dharmendra Yadav, MP

 

24 October 2016, 18:03 PM

The way story (where UP CM is referred to as Aurangzeb & SP Chief as Shahjahan) was planted was very unfortunate: Dharmendra Yadav, MP & CM aide

24 October 2016, 18:03 PM

Mahaul thoda garam hua tha lekin hathapayee nahi huyi thi. Ghalatfehmi mein sab kuch hua: Ashu Malik, SP MLC on SP meeting

 

24 October 2016, 18:03 PM

No truth in this story (where UP CM is referred to as Aurangzeb & SP Chief as Shahjahan). Never said this at the behest of anybody: Ashu Malik

 

24 October 2016, 18:03 PM

UP CM had called me to seek support in a matter which we both knew, this was misunderstood by others: MLC Ashu Malik

24 October 2016, 17:47 PM

Video of Akhilesh Yadav making an emotional appeal to party and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav has gone viral. Akhilesh can be seen almost crying in the video.

24 October 2016, 17:32 PM

Shivpal Yadav has expelled 10 Samajwadi Party workers for booing him. These 10 Samajwadi Party had raised slogans against Shivpal.

24 October 2016, 16:25 PM

Samajwadi Party MLC Ashu Malik, who got into a spat with Akhilesh Yadav at party meet today, reaches Uttar Pradesh CM's residence.

24 October 2016, 15:41 PM

SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav calls for a meeting with Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav at his Lucknow residence at 5:30 pm today.

24 October 2016, 15:41 PM

WATCH: Heated argument between CM Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav during Samajwadi Party meeting in Lucknow today.

24 October 2016, 15:06 PM

At least 180 MLAs assemble at UP CM Akhilesh Yadav's residence, meet underway.