Newly-appointed Samajwadi Party (SP) Uttar Pradesh chief Shivpal Singh Yadav on Thursday resigned from the state cabinet as well as from all the posts of party held by him. Shivpal tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after meeting his elder brother party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in the state capital. Mulayam had summoned Shivpal, who is at loggerheads with Akhilesh, and held closed door meeting with him to defuse the situation.
Shivpal later met Akhilesh at his official residence, but the meeting lasted only 15 minutes. Earlier on September 13, Akhilesh stripped Shivpal of key ministerial portfolios, hours after Mulayam replaced him with his uncle as the party's state unit chief. Shivpal, the younger brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, could be seen completely powerless as Akhilesh kept the PWD portfolio with himself, while Avdhesh Prasad had been given the charge of Irrigation and Flood Control department and Balram Yadav, the additional charge of Revenue and many other departments, currently being held by Shivpal thus, bringing down the number of ministries held by him from ten to just two.
Earlier in the day, party national general secretary Ramgopal had met the Chief Minister and claimed that "Akhilesh is not angry with anyone and the decision of Neta ji (Mulayam) is final in the party." He said that "differences" had arisen due to some "misunderstanding" even as he made a veiled attack on Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh. Earlier, Shivpal Yadav had reportedly announced the party's first list of 142 candidates for the 2017 polls.
Disagreements between Akhilesh and his uncle have been reported on several occasions, including on the choice of official to be appointed as the state's chief secretary after Alok Ranjan's term ended, and the postponement of Qaumi Ekta Dal's merger with Samajwadi Party.