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Samajwadi Party dissolves UP unit, 15 cells

LiveMint logoLiveMint 22-05-2014 PTI

Lucknow: Days after sacking 36 senior leaders for its rout in Lok Sabha polls, Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday dissolved its state unit and 15 cells associated with it.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, however, would continue as the party’s state president, SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said in Lucknow.

“The state unit of the party and 15 cells associated with it have been dissolved on the directions of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav,” he said, adding, all presidents and office bearers of the 15 cells have been removed.

The state ruling party was reduced to five seats out of 80 in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh as compared to 23 seats in 2009, while BJP and its ally Apna Dal clinched 73. Congress won only two seats.

Among the five seats, Mulayam alone got two seats — Mainpuri and Azamgarh. Rest three were Kannauj, Badaun and Firozabad clinched by his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav and nephews Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav respectively.

The party has been reviewing its performance since 16 May, when the Lok Sabha results were declared.

Both Mulayam and Akhilesh had held meetings with defeated candidates and district presidents separately and 36 leaders, having status of minister of state in the SP government, were sacked from the party on 20 May.

During meetings, the party leaders had complained about groupism in the party and non-cooperation by ministers and legislators during election campaign.

In a motivational speech to party cadres on Wednesday, Mulayam had said: “Ups and downs come in politics. Dont care much about victory or defeat in elections. You also should strengthen the party...”.

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