- Clash took place after Naresh Aggarwal was named chief of UP unit
- Supporters of Akhilesh Yadav gathered outside the party office
- Shivpal Yadav's supporters said his nameplate was torn from office door
The clash came hours after the Chief Minister staged a coup at a national convention he called, where his supporters declared him the chief of Samajwadi Party in place of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mulayam Singh, whom the convention gave the role of "mentor", has rejected the resolution and called a convention on January 5.
The clash started after the Akhilesh Yadav faction named Naresh Aggarwal the chief of the party's state unit. Shivpal Yadav, who held the post, had been 'deposed' by the supporters of the Chief Minister in the morning.
Mulayam Singh has already expelled his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav for organizing the morning's function and party vice president Kiranmay Nanda for attending it. In the morning, following a meeting with Shivpal Yadav, he had warned that the convention was "unconstitutional" and action will be taken against whoever attended it.
The battle between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav came to a head last week after Mulayam Singh announced the candidate's list of the party that not only skipped the loyalists of the Chief Minister but also included candidates with criminal backgrounds that Shivpal had suggested. As Akhilesh Yadav released a parallel list of candidates, his father expelled him from the party on Friday, only to reinstate him within 24 hours.