Samajwadi Party feud continues, Mulayam Singh removes Akhilesh’s confidant Ram Gopal Yadav as Lohia Trust secretary

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New Delhi: The feud in the Samajwadi Party refuses to go away.
In a sign that all is still not well between Samajwadi Party patriarch and his son Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav on September 21 sacked his cousin Prof Ram Gopal Yadav as Secretary Lohia Trust and replaced him with his trusted brother Shivpal Singh Yadav.
The Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan, Dharmendra Yadav and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav stayed away from the crucial meeting of the Lohia Trust for the second consecutive time.
Mulayam Singh Yadav continues to be the Chairman of the 13-member Lohia Trust even after his son staged a coup against him on January 1st, 2017.
Earlier, Mulayam Singh Yadav had sacked four Akhilesh Yadav’s loyalists Ahmed Hasan, Ram Govind Chowdhury, Anil Shakya and Usha Vishwakarma during its last meeting in August.
Though Prof Ram Gopal Yadav is removed from the post of Secretary but he continues to be a member of the Trust.
Lohia Trust is an important wing of the Samajwadi Party. The Trust not only looks after all offices of the party but also work to promulgate socialist ideology of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia across the country.
“I have been entrusted with the new responsibility. Netaji will hold a press conference on September 25 to spell out future course of strategy,” said Shivpal Singh Yadav, the newly-elected Secretary of the Lohia Trust.
When asked, Shivpal said that he was not invited in the state convention in Lucknow on September 23 and National Convention on October 5 in Agra by his nephew Akhilesh Yadav despite he being a legislator of the party.
Removal of Prof Ram Gopal Yadav ahead of state and national conventions has further widened the gulf between the two warring factions and intensified the family feud within the Yadav clan, which the biggest political family in the country.
It is now remained to be seen how Akhilesh Yadav reply to his father’s move during the two meetings.

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