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Akhilesh sacks Shivpal, four other ministers from Cabinet

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Lucknow, Oct 23 (IANS) In a swift and sudden move, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday sacked his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav as a senior minister in his Cabinet.

Akhilesh also sacked four other ministers — Narad Rai, Om Prakash, Shadab Fatima, Gayatri Prasad Prajapati — all considered close to Shivpal Singh Yadav, who is also the state unit chief of the Samajwadi Party (SP).

The development comes as a jolt to the efforts at truce between the two warring factions in the ruling Samajwadi Party.

It indicates the party is heading towards something big, sources told IANS.

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