Shivpal son quits from coop bank; Deepak Singhal gets posting

Lucknow: Soon after Shivpal Yadav sent his resignation to his nephew Chief Minister, his son and Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Pradeshik Cooperative Federation, Aditya Yadav, also quit the post. Supporters of Shivpal shouted slogans against Akhilesh soon after the father-son duo's resignation.

Earlier in the day, when Shivpal and son Aditya arrived in Lucknow they were received by hundreds of supporters at the airport.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference, Shivpal said he was ready for "any and all sacrifices for the party" but added that for him Mulayam's word was final and that he was the party boss and the family patriarch.

He also called for unity in the family as elections were round the corner and everyone should work hard to ensure return of SP to power. He however cautioned that "Mulayam's decision dare not be challenged in the party".

In a related development, former chief secretary Deepak Singhal, whose sudden removal is said to have triggered the whole controversy, was onThursday posted as Chairman of State Vigilance Commission.

Sources say, Singhal who had been put on waiting list after his removal, was hurriedly posted to this new post so that the issue is closed for the time being. Mulayam Singh Yadav, hours after his removal, had asked Akhilesh to reinstate him, which he refused.

IANS