New Delhi [India] Oct.23 : Branding Shivpal Yadav's expulsion from the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet as the final nail in the coffin for the crisis-hit Samajwadi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday asserted that it was only a matter of time that the feuding party announced a massive split.
Speaking to ANI here, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that the recent development regarding Shivpal Yadav indicated towards the final script being written for the impending split within the party.
"And it's a matter of time when we will all come to know officially that there has been a split. So this drama that is being enacted is nothing but a crisis in the SP. A crisis not for development or good governance, but because the sharing of the loot over the last five years could not split in an amicable manner," Singh said.
Emphasising that the crisis left no one cheated except the people of UP, he further said that there are groups within the SP controlling sections of the "loot", which was causing all the strife.
"It's a clear case of groupism. Now finally those who have been looting, be it Azam Khan, Shivpal Yadav of Akhilesh, it is the people of Uttar Pradesh who are being looted," the BJP leader added.
Meanwhile, in what may give the opposition parties fresh ammunition to tear into the ruling Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav in an unexpected move sacked four ministers including his uncle Shivpal Yadav from the Cabinet.
Narad Rai, Saiyyada Shadab Fatima and O.P. Singh are the other three leaders, who have been shown the door by the Chief Minister post the meeting called by him today.
Barabanki MLC Rajesh Yadav, who attended today's meeting, lashed out at party leader Amar Singh for attempting to create friction in the Samajwadi Party.
"The party belongs to Netaji. He assigned the Chief Minister's job to Akhilesh Yadav, who managed it extremely well. He looked at both the party and family in a very efficient manner. Our fight is against those trying to create friction in the party and the one person who is doing this is Amar Singh," he told the media.
This came as a section of the Samajwadi Party leaders had earlier reportedly alleged that Amar Singh after coming back to the party was misinforming Mulayam Singh Yadav about the people and misleading him.
They also reportedly alleged that Amar Singh was making desperate attempts to portray Akhilesh as weak and prevent the Samajwadi Party from coming back to power.
The Chief Minister's action comes hours after Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav wrote a letter to party leaders to rally behind the former, thereby adding a major twist to the entire family tussle.
Akhilesh had prior to today's meeting to discuss the power struggle within the party met his father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Reports suggest that the conversation between the father and son duo mostly revolved around Ram Gopal Yadav's letter to the party workers asking them to stand behind his nephew.
In his one-page letter, Ram Gopal stated that the Samajwadi Party would yet again form the government in Uttar Pradesh under Akhilesh's leadership.
He asked the party workers to remain alert and positive and not get swayed by all the 'negativities' surrounding the party.
Ram Gopal also said that there are some people within the party who are misleading the public ahead of the 2017 assembly polls.
He said that those behind his nephew were those who sacrificed their life and blood for the party while others were misusing their position for ulterior motives.
Warning the Chief Minister's critics, Ram Gopal further said that they would be expelled if they do not follow the party high command's order.
Today's decision also comes just days after suspended Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council Member (MLC) Udayveer Singh had accused Mulayam's second wife Sadhna Gupta and uncle Shivpal of colluding together against Akhilesh.