Akhliesh Yadav Unhappy over Mukhtar Ansari’s party merging with SP, Balram Yadav Expelled


Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday dismissed minister for secondary education Balram Yadav, who played an active role in the merger of mafia don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) in the Samajwadi Party here on Tuesday. According to reliable sources Chief Minister said that while he was miffed at the "ongoing parleys" between his party leaders and the party of don-turned-politician Mukhtaar Ansari, he decided to sack the Secondary Education Minister when the merger was sealed. 

Besides inviting the governor for the Raza Iftar he is hosting here on June 25, the CM reportedly handed over two letters to Naik, one recommending dismissal of Balram Yadav, and the other seeking the governor’s nod for expansion of his council of ministers. The development also points at chinks in the party leadership as Public Works Department Minister and Akhilesh's uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav was present at the merger event earlier in the state capital on Tuesday. 

Sources say the CM was unhappy at the merger as it would "portray the party in bad light" in the run up to the state assembly polls, scheduled for early 2017. A close aide also said the CM would soon be rejigging his cabinet and leaders like Sharda Prasad Shukla, Ravidas Mehrotra and Sangram Singh would be made ministers. Mehrotra, an old party hand is said to be unhappy with the leadership on innumerable counts and there are rumours of Shukla going "too close for comfort" with the Bhartiya Janata Party.