Shivpal Singh vacates his Lucknow’s official residence

Photo of senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav.

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party, state unit President Shivpal Yadav today vacated his official residence in Lucknow, three days after being booted out as minister for the second time.

According to sources, Mini trucks were standing outside Shivpal’s 7, Kalidas Marg, official residence to shift the belongings to his house. Shivpal’s official residence is just next to that of his nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Earlier in the morning, in an indication that he does not want to be taken back in the state government, Shivpal’s staff began removing his ministerial name plate from his official residence.

Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has called his brother Shivpal to meet him.

Shivpal was removed last week from Samajwadi Party government ministry for the second time in the last one month.

The red beacon atop his vehicle was taken away and he surrendered his official vehicle to the state’s ‘Rajya Sampatti Vibhag’ (state property division).

The move is being seen in political circles as Shivpal’s snub to attempts by his nephew Akhilesh to broker a deal with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, in which he had reportedly sought revocation of Ram Gopal Yadav’s expulsion from the party in lieu of the re-entry of Shivpal and three others-Om Prakash Singh, Narad Rai and Shadab Fatima-into his cabinet.