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 | 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, 22:59 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, 19:17 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, 19:06 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, 18:09 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, 18:09 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, 18:08 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, 18:05 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, 18:04 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, 17:48 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, 17:35 PM

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

24 October 2016, 16:26 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, 15:42 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, 15:07 PM

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

24 October 2016, 15:03 PM

Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav says, "I am no longer a part of SP (Main Samajwadi Party mein ab nahi hoon)."

24 October 2016, 14:57 PM

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh arrives in Kolkata, refuses to comment on the ongoing rift in the party.

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24 October 2016, 14:30 PM

Crucial meet at Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence ends. Akhilesh meets supporters, urges not to indulge in sloganeering, asks them to return back home. 

24 October 2016, 13:33 PM

Shivpal Yadav reaches Mulayam Singh's residence. 

24 October 2016, 13:23 PM

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav reaches Mulayam Singh's residence; both had a heated argument on the stage at SP office earlier in the day.

24 October 2016, 13:23 PM

CM Akhilesh Yadav leaves in his car after a public spat with SP MLC Ashu Malik during the party meet. 

Also, Shivpal and Akhilesh trade charges on each other on the dais. At one point of time, Shivpal Singh snatched CM Akhilesh's mike snatched amid commotion and labelled him a 'liar': PTI

24 October 2016, 13:15 PM

Akhilesh opposes party MLC Ashu Malik for newspaper article that compared him to Aurangazeb and Mulayam Singh to Shahjahan. 

Also read: Akhilesh Yadav says he will not break away from SP, offers to step down if Mulayam Singh wants

24 October 2016, 13:03 PM

Supporters of Akhilesh and Shivpal exchange blows outside Samajwadi Party headquarters.

24 October 2016, 13:01 PM

Samajwadi Party meeting ends on an indecisive note. Mulayam Singh Yadav leaves SP office.

24 October 2016, 12:43 PM

Chaos breaks out at Mulayam Singh's meeting which ends abruptly amid scenes of acrimony: PTI

24 October 2016, 12:41 PM

Akhilesh Yadav will not be removed as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh while Shivpal Yadav will remain as Uttar Pradesh SP chief: Mulayam Singh

24 October 2016, 12:33 PM

Heated argument breaks out Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh during latter's speech. "Apka Mukhyamantri jhoot bolta hai (Your Chief Minister is lying)," Mulayam Singh is heard saying.

Mulayam Singh is heard shouting at his son Akhilesh twice on the dias, once telling him 'Chup Raho' (shut up) and later asking 'tumari haisiyat hi kya hai?' (Who the hell are you?)

24 October 2016, 12:32 PM

I can't tolerate anything against Amar Singh, Shivpal Yadav; Amar saved me from going to jail. Mere donning of red cap does not make one Samajwadi: Mulayam Singh

24 October 2016, 12:10 PM

I called this meeting so that Samajwadi Party can win the 2017 UP polls: Mulayam Singh Yadav

24 October 2016, 12:10 PM

I tell Akhilesh things but he focuses on other things; abusing people does not help: Mulayam Singh Yadav

24 October 2016, 12:09 PM

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: Mulayam Singh

24 October 2016, 12:06 PM

Mulayam Singh Yadav mentions Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech, says "Look at Shri Narendra Modi. He became Prime Minister with dedication and struggle. He comes from a poor family and says he cannot leave his mother."

24 October 2016, 12:05 PM

Mulayam Singh gives clear message to CM Akhilesh Yadav, says "I will never forget the work Shivpal has done for me and Samajwadi Party. Both Shivpal and Amar Singh are my brothers. I can't leave Amar Singh or Shivpal Yadav. All of Amar Singh's sins have been forgiven."​

24 October 2016, 12:04 PM

Mulayam Singh Yadav breaks down while addressing party cadre at Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow.

24 October 2016, 11:51 AM

I will never forget the work Shivpal has done for me and Samajwadi Party: Mulayam Singh Yadav

24 October 2016, 11:46 AM

I am not a weak person, even to this day. Do not think that the youth is not with me: Mulayam Singh Yadav 

24 October 2016, 11:45 AM

If you can't face criticism, you can't be a leader, Mulayam Singh Yadav

24 October 2016, 11:43 AM

Mulayam Singh's message to CM Akhilesh Yadav, "I could have become the Prime Minister but I didn't compromised. I made the party big and am not weak yet. Shivpal has worked at the grassroots and is people's leader whereas Mukhtar Ansari is from a reputed family."

24 October 2016, 11:38 AM

Instead of fighting our weaknesses we are fighting amongst ourselves. Some ministers are just busy being sycophants. And people who can't think big can't be a minister. Leaders listen to criticism:  Mulayam Singh

24 October 2016, 11:37 AM

We have worked really hard to form Samajwadi Party. We gave space to youth in party. It's time to remove weakness from the party: Mulayam Singh

24 October 2016, 11:36 AM

Mulayam Singh Yadav asks workers to not indulge in sloganeering, says "Jo bahut ucchal rahein hai agar baat aayi to ek laathi bhi nahin seh paaenge."

24 October 2016, 11:30 AM

Also read: Akhilesh Yadav offers to step down, says he won`t form new party

 

24 October 2016, 11:27 AM

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav addresses party workers, says "I feel really sad because of this rift in our family. We have worked really hard to form this party."