Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on 30 December 2016 expelled his son, Akhilesh Yadav, who is also the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, from the party for six years. Mulayam also said that soon a new Chief Minister will be designated to will replace Akhilesh Yadav as the next Chief Minister.
This expulsion was announced by Mulayam Singh Yadav at a hurriedly called press conference in Lucknow.
In addition to this, Ram Gopal Yadav, who is a cousin of Mulayam Singh Yadav, the general secretary of the party, was also expelled for six years by the party chief. He was also stripped of all posts in the party.
After taking the action, Mulayam said that he had taken the action against Akhilesh and Ram Gopal to save the [arty, which was built through hard efforts.
Prior to the expulsion, both, Akhilesh and Ram Gopal were served a show cause notice asking why a disciplinary action should not be taken against them. The notice was issued for releasing the list of candidates without Mulayam Yadav’s consent.
Soon after his expulsion from Samajwadi Party, Ram Gopal has called an emergency meet on 1 January 2017 at the Ram Manohar Lohia University to chalk out a path for future. However, Shivpal Yadav, the younger brother of Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, asked the party workers not to participate in the programme called by Ram Gopal Yadav. He said that strict action would be taken against anyone who attends the meet.
Besides, Mulayam termed this call of the meeting as sheer indiscipline and said that that Ram Gopal has no power to call such meeting without the consent of national president of the party.