While Akhilesh sacked Shivpal, his father hit back by dismissing Ramgopal, pro-CM cousin.
- SP on brink of split as CM sacks Shivpal; Ramgopal expelled
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- Lucknow: Ruling Samajwadi Party appeared to be headed for a split today as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his party supremo and father Mulayam Singh were engaged in an open face-off, sacking each other''''s loyalists Shivpal Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav. While Akhilesh sacked Shivpal, his uncle and party''s state unit chief, along with three other "pro-Amar Singh" ministers from his Cabinet, his father hit back by dismissing Ramgopal, pro-CM cousin and SP''s national general secretary, from the party for six years.