Lucknow: In a new twist in the political tale of Uttar Pradesh, the ruling Samajwadi Party General secretary Ram Gopal Yadav on Thursday questioned the decision of Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav to appoint Shivpal Singh Yadav as the state party chief.
'' Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was also the state party President, should have been asked to resign before his successor was appointed in his place,'' he said while speaking to reporters after reaching the state capital.
Without mincing his words, Ram Gopal stated that ''it was a wrong decision (to remove Akhilesh as state party head).''
Ruling out any meeting of Party Parliamentary Board or Legislature Party at the moment, he said he had come to meet the Chief Minister Akhilesh and would be in position to throw some more light on the chain of events which took place since Monday last only after that.
The senior SP leader also supported the 'much-talked about' statement for Akhilesh on Wednesday that interference of some 'outsider' would not be tolerated thereby indicating the role of Amar Singh in the whole affair. It is well known that ram Gopal and Akhilesh maintain a cordial relation with opposition of Amar Singh being the common agreement between the two.
In a way also supporting decision of Akhilesh to divest Shivpal of charges of some major departments, Ram Gopal said some decisions may be taken by the Chief Minister. Normally, party president is consulted but then the CM has the prerogative to take certain decisions. Playing down the reported conflict within the Yadav family, he reiterated that all is well and everything will be restored to normalcy.