India's Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has expelled his son Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from the party for six years, reports The Indian Express.
The SP Chief said that he took strong exception to the "gross indiscipline" shown by party leaders Ramgopal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav by releasing separate list of candidates for the upcoming UP elections.
"To save the party, we have expelled both Ramgopal and Akhilesh Yadav for six years from the party. For us party is the most important and our priority is to save the party," he said.
Criticising Akhilesh for his support to Ramgopal Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the 'Chief Minister is not able to understand that his future was being finished by him'.
Upholding his authority as the party chief, he said that emergency meeting called by Ramgopal Yadav was unconstitutional and no one has the right to call such a meeting other than the party chief.
Flanked by brother Shivpal Yadav, who has been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister, Mulayam said he had taken the action against Akhilesh and Ramgopal to save the party which he had built through hard efforts. "I have worked really hard to make this party, what was their role in this? I work hard and they reap the fruits?" he said.
Addressing concerns regarding who will be the new Chief Minister of the state, Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the party will take a decision on that later.
Just after Mulayam's announcement, supporters of Akhilesh Yadav gathered in huge numbers outside CM’s residence in Lucknow, protesting against the decision. Party leader Ramgopal Yadav also reacted strongly against his expulsion from the party, describing it as "illegal".