Akhilesh should prove his majority in Assembly: BJP
As fissures in Samajwadi Party deepened, BJP on Sunday demanded that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav prove his majority in the Assembly or resign, labelling the party as “a sinking ship” which has failed on every front.
“CM Akhilesh Yadav should resign or prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly,” UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters in Lucknow hours after Akhilesh sacked four pro-Amar Singh ministers, including his uncle Shivpal Yadav, from his government.
Seeking to fish in troubled waters, Maurya said Governor Ram Naik should ask Akhilesh to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly and till he did so, he should not take any policy decision.
“A government reduced to minority should not take any policy decision,” he said.
In New Delhi, BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said the fast-paced developments within the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party has “exposed” Akhilesh as he exuded confidence that the people of the poll-bound state will now evince faith in the NDA major as “change is inevitable” there.
“The ongoing theatrics within SP is an exercise of shrouding their sins. The party has become a sinking ship which has failed on every front. Mafia raj prevailed during Akhilesh’s tenure. He could not keep promises of providing roads, electricity, drinking water. Even healthcare is in doldrums,” Sharma said.
He said that the people elected Akhilesh with a “lot of hopes” after witnessing “rampant” corruption and lawlessness during the previous BSP regime. “But now he stands exposed, impelling them to engage in such theatrics. However, change is inevitable in Uttar Pradesh. The people of the state are set to evince trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in the forthcoming polls,” Sharma said.
My removal from govt an attempt to weaken SP leadership: Shivpal
Sacked UP minister Shivpal Yadav on Sunday said his removal from the Akhilesh ministry was an attempt by some people to weaken the Samajwadi Party and that he was not worried about being dropped, asserting that the upcoming Assembly polls would be fought under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Hours after he was shown the door, Shivpal Yadav spoke to mediapersons after emerging from a meeting with SP chief Mulayam and said his sacking was an attempt by some to weaken the party leadership.
In the ongoing power tussle within the ruling party, Shivpal and three other pro-Amar Singh ministers were sacked by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav this morning.
Launching a scathing attack on cousin Ramgopal Yadav, Shivpal, who is the SP’s state chief, vowed to fight and win the election under Netaji (Mulayam).
Asking partymen to prepare for the polls, he claimed that the people of the state were with the Samajwadi Party and “in 2017 we will form the government under the leadership of Netaji”.
In a veiled attack against Ramgopal, he said today’s developments were triggered by “someone” who was playing in the hands of BJP to escape CBI noose.
His reference was towards Ramgopal, who is facing a CBI probe for his alleged involvement in the corruption case of former Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh.
Ramgopal has been sacked from the party for six years.
Shivpal Yadav also said that Akhilesh Yadav must learn to identify “well-wishers”.