Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) today expelled Minister of State for Forests Pawan Pandey for slapping MLC Ashu Malik a close aide of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The announcement of the disciplinary action was taken by state party chief Shivpal Singh Yadav, who is locked in a power tussle with his nephew and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
MLC Ashu Malik on Monday alleged that Pandey had slapped him at the Chief Minister’s residence.
Shivpal on Wednesday said that the party would not tolerate any form of indiscipline.
Shivpal however maintained that there was no difference in the party or the Yadav clan and that all was well.
He added, “We are united and for now are preparing for the silver jubilee celebrations of the party on November 5 and thereafter for the state assembly polls.”