Hours after saying there is perfect unity in the party, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled Uttar Pradesh minister and a close aid of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav- Mr Pawan Pandey from the party on charges of indiscipline giving a message that all is not well in the party.
Pandey was hailed as a hero by his party after the 2012 assembly elections when he defeated the BJP sitting MLA Lallu Singh in Faizabad. This was the first time that any party could snatch the seat from the Bharatiya Janata Party since the demolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya in 1992.
He is allegedly involved in several cases of goondagiri and even manhandled a police officer.
The latest expulsion has come 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 at Gautampalli police station in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Pandey’s supporters reportedly manhandled Malik, who was a staunch supporter of Mulayam.
Malik became the centre of attention on Monday when the CM asked to him to reveal the name of the person who planted a story in an English daily comparing Mulayam and Akhilesh to Shahjahan and Aurangzeb, respectively.
“Some journalists told me the story was planted by an SP leader in Delhi,” Malik said without naming anyone.