In a shocking development, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years.

Calling it as a move to save the party, he said the party will decide on the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

He said, “I have worked really hard to make this party, what was their role in this? I work hard and they reap the fruits?”

The SP chief accused Ram Gopal of indulging in anti-party activities and said that he was weakening the party ahead of the assembly elections. He also accused his son Akhilesh Yadav for siding with Ram Gopal Yadav in the party infighting.

Meanwhile, frenzied Akhilesh supporters gathered in front of the CM's residence to show their support and protest against the drastic step.

Reacting to the sudden expulsion, Ram Gopal Yadav Ramgopal has called this decision "illegal", and accused party chief of indulging in "unconstitutional" activities. 

He has also called an emergency meeting of SP on January 1.