Lucknow, Sep 15: In a significant late night development, senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shivpal Singh Yadav resigned from the Akhilesh Yadav cabinet on Thursday. He also resigned as the party's state unit president, a post to which he was appointed just two days ago, a senior party source said.
The development is being seen as a rebuff to all possibilities of coming together of the once powerful minister and his nephew, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Earlier in the day Shivpal had ruled out quitting the ministry and said it was immaterial which posts he held as a minister.
Akhilesh Yadav had on Tuesday stripped his uncle Shivpal from the plum posts of PWD, Cooperative and Irrigation minister.