Akhilesh Yadav skips inaugural of 'Saifai Mahotsav'

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was absent on the inaugural day of annual 'Saifai Mahotsava' sparking speculation that he might be "upset" with expulsion of two of his close aides, Sunil Yadav alias Sajan and Anand Bhadauria from the party.

Having charges of 'anti-party activities' put on them Sajan, Bhadauria and another SP leader Subodh Yadav, son of the party's MLA from Etah Rameshwar Yadav, were expelled.

Meanwhile, the 17-day annual celebrations is likely to see performances from various celebrities including singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, ghazal singer Peenaz Masani and several Bollywood stars.

The inaugural ceremony is usually attended by all the members of the family. Akhilesh was present last year in the celebrations along with MP wife Dimple and their children.

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