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SP trio shown the door

Ranchi, April 19: Three senior leaders of the state Samajwadi Party (SP) were suspended today for allegedly working against the party.

State party president Manohar Yadav announced the action taken against former state unit chief Mohammed Meraj Khan, bringing to light internal bickering that has been bothering Mulayam Singh Yadav’s party in Jharkhand for quite some time.

The two others who faced the axe were Ishak Soni, former state secretary of Lohia Vahini — a frontal outfit of the SP, and Abhimanyu Singh, former Ranchi district president of the party.

Addressing a news conference in Ranchi, Manohar Yadav said the disciplinary action was taken to send across a strong message to rebel party members.

“Their memberships have been cancelled and they have been suspended from the party for six years for their anti-party activities and indiscipline,” he added.

“Khan, Soni and Singh were not following instructions of the party supremo and trying to create confusion,” he added.

The Samajwadi Party has fielded seven candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand.

Taking a dig at the former state unit president, he said Khan continued to claim that he was the state SP chief though he was asked to step down by the senior leadership. Further, Yadav alleged he was provoking workers to leave the SP and join the rival Bahujan Samaj Party.