No end to Mulayam's problems! Samajwadi Party MLA levels serious charges against Ram Gopal Yadav
Conflicting signals continued to emerge from Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party.
Lucknow: Just days after the feud between Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav was somehow sorted out by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, a SP MLA levelled serious allegations against Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav.
While opening up a front against Mulayam's cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, SP MLA Ashish Yadav issued a press release saying, the Rajya Sabha MP's confidantes in the party were involved in land grabbing and illegal liquor trade.
Yadav says the people who were incorporated into SP with Ram Gopal Yadav's backing are involved in land mafia and illegal liquor business, which is harming party's image.
The SP MLA accused the Rajya Sabha MP of misguiding the party chief and posting his aides in important positions across the state so that the illegal businesses be carried out with ease.
Last week, the feud in Uttar Pradesh's first family had ended on Saturday after Akhilesh restored all but one portfolios of Shivpal and promised to support him as SP's state unit president, a post from which he was himself removed three days back triggering the power tussle with his uncle.
As per the compromise worked out by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh's demand of having a say in ticket distribution was been met as he will be made the head of the state Parliamentary Board, which makes final decisions on deciding the candidates, party sources said.
Akhilesh restored Shivpal's key portfolios including Irrigation and Cooperative which were taken away three days back. Shivpal was also given additional portfolios of Minor Irrigation and Medical Education.
Public Works Department, which was among the portfolios taken away from Shivpal, was kept by the CM with himself.
However, the truce in faction-ridden ruling SP appears to be short-lived with state party chief Shivpal Yadav on Monday expelling seven party functionaries, including three MLCs, all considered close to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.