In a dramatic turn of events, the Samajwadi Party on Saturday revoked the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav, a day after they were ousted from the party for six years over anti-party activities.
The latest decision was taken soon after meetings to broker peace between SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav were held at the senior Yadav's 5 Vikramaditya Marg residence here.
The decision finally came after Akhilesh held a meeting of party MLAs at his residence in the morning and allegedly claimed support of 200 legislators out of 229.
"As per the directions of Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav), the expulsion of Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav has been revoked with immediate effect," Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav tweeted. He also said the party stood united to fight the upcoming assembly polls and defeat communal forces in the state.
"I have just met Netaji (Mulayam Singh) and Akhilesh and Azam were also there. Netaji has told me to revoke Akhilesh's expulsion. Now we will all fight UP polls united and will form the government with majority. Now all misunderstandings are over and we will discuss all the things again and take decisions. We will discuss on ticket distribution," Akhilesh Yadav's uncle and Mulayam Singh's brother Shivpal Yadav said.
Party founder member Azam Khan and Maharashtra unit chief Abu Azmi also reportedly backed Akhilesh. The chief minister was expelled from the party on Friday after he issued a list of candidates for the upcoming elections even when a list was already issued by his father and party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
On Friday evening Mulayam Singh Yadav had expelled Akhilesh from the party for six years, for refusing to accept the candidates he had chosen for the UP elections. Mulayam Singh said he had no choice and wanted to "save the party".
Akhilesh Yadav has made no public comments since he was sacked, but hundreds of party workers gathered outside his residence on Friday evening raising slogans of support.