Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday expelled Uttar Pradesh minister Pawan Pandey from the party on charges of indiscipline, in fresh round of sackings amid an ongoing power tiff in the family that has pushed it to the verge of a split.
Shivpal Yadav announced Pawan Pandey’s expulsion during a media briefing and said that the party has sent a recommendation to the chief minister for sacking him from the cabinet.
The expulsion came following a police complaint by party MLC Ashu Malik who had charged Pandey of assaulting him at the chief minister’s residence on Monday and later threatening him. Malik filed a complaint later at Gautampalli police station in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had expelled his uncle Shivpal Yadav and three other “pro-Amar Singh” ministers from his team. Mulayam then dismissed his cousin and SP general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, who has backed Akhilesh in the family feud, from the party for six years.