Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh has sacked the national general secretary of the party, Ram Asrey Kushwaha. Party spokesperson Ram Gopal Yadav said on Tuesday that Mr. Kushwaha has been removed from the post with immediate effect.

Reasons for Mr. Kushwaha’s sacking have not been made public, but Samajwadi Party sources said that he has ostensibly paid the price for taking a line different from the party and the Akhilesh Yadav Government on the recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar district.

Sources said a statement given to a TV channel by Mr. Kushwaha recently may have irked the party leadership, which led to his sacking