Shivpal replaces Akhilesh as UP SP chief

Lucknow, Sep 13 (IANS) In a significant development, Uttar Pradesh PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday replaced Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the state president of the Samajwadi Party.

The decision was taken by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in New Delhi, a party spokesman said.

For more than five years, Akhilesh Yadav had been holding the post. It was with him in the driver’s seat that the Samajwadi Party won a thumping majority in the 2012 assembly polls.

But even after taking over as Chief Minister in March 2012, Akhilesh Yadav continued to be the state unit chief, gaining complete control over the party.

Making the announcement, national General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said Shivpal Yadav had been named the new UP president of the party.

Ram Gopal Yadav expressed the hope that the party would scale new heights with his hard work and dedication.

The development is being seen in political circles as a fallout of the Chief Minister’s decision to remove Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, who was considered close to Shivpal Yadav.

–IANS

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