New Delhi: Shivpal Yadav, after assuming charge as Samajwadi Party Uttar Pradesh unit president, on Monday expelled on grounds of illegal land grabbing a close relative of senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav.

The move which could trigger another source of rift within the already-fissured relationship inside the family, came as the first decision from Shivpal Yadav after taking charge as the SP UP president.

MLC Arvind Pratap Yadav, who is the nephew of Ram Gopal Yadav, has been expelled for his alleged involvement in illegal activities.

“Arvind has been expelled for making derogatory and indecent comments against party supremo Mulayam and his involvement in anti-party activities,” S R S Yadav, SP state secretary, said.    

In an address to party worker, Shivpal exclaimed that the elections were near and that everyone should strengthen the party to form a majority government.