Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was unceremoniously from the Samajwadi party by party chief Mulayam Singh on Friday, widening the family split that has threatened to divide SP vertically ahead of 2017 Assembly elections.
Akhilesh Yadav has been locked in a dispute with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav, a senior party member, ahead of key state elections.
Akhilesh Yadav has called for a meeting of all Samajwadi party MLAs at his official residence on Saturday morning.
Here are the live updates:
11.15am: Azam Khan has reached Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence.
11am: Fight breaks out between Akhilesh and Shivpal supporters at Samajwadi Patry’s office.
Police force have been deployed at the Samajwadi party office. (HT Photo)
10.40am: Gangster turned politician Atiq Ahmed arrives at SP office to attend the meeting called by Mulayam Singh.
10.30am: SP Azam Khan says he will not attend either of the meetings. Khan also says that he will meet Mulayam separately to appeal reconciliation.
10am: Akhilesh Yadav reaches his residence, starts the meeting with Samajwadi party MLAs.
Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav reaches his residence at 5 Kalidas Marg, will hold a meeting with SP MLAs pic.twitter.com/BNzYeq5kbx— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP)December 31, 2016
9.40am: Ayodhya MLA Pawan Pandey says that Akhilesh Yadav will win again in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls and become the CM.
9.20am: “I extend my complete support to Netaji. Disrespecting him is like breaking the discipline in the party,” Amar Singh tells ANI.
9.15am: Mulayam has also called a meeting of 2017 polls candidates at 10.30 today.
9am: MLAs start arriving at in CM Akhilesh’s residence in Lucknow.