Mulayam targets Akhilesh ministers: Asserts authority, tames dissent

The SP leaders claim that Mulayam is only speaking from the heart is also unconvincing as a shrewd politician like Mulayam knows only too well the implications of his statements.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Updated: January 25, 2016 6:44 pm
Samajwadi party, mulayam singh yadav Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav

Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav’s recent outburst against Akhilesh Yadav’s ministers-saying they were amassing wealth-is not new. However, senior SP leaders try to evade the issue by saying it is merely fatherly advice from the party supremo to his son.

Clearly though, Mulayam statements which have put Akhilesh in tight spot several times are more than parental advice. The SP leaders claim that Mulayam is only speaking from the heart is also unconvincing as a shrewd politician like Mulayam knows only too well the implications of his statements.

Targeting Akhilesh’s ministers is a well-planned strategy by Mulayam. He understands that the ministers have failed to deliver. With hardly a year left before assembly polls, Mulayam knows that the poor performance of these ministers will reflect on his son Akhilesh. In addition, the ministers have reportedly annoyed party workers in their districts.

Mulayam’s strategy is to deflate the importance of the ministers. His statements against the ministers are welcomed by party workers who are reassured of their importance and the message trickles down to district levels where workers greet such statements as a morale boaster. Some ministers have encouraged infighting in district units and the SP faces opposition from within its own leadership.

Mulayam is also preparing the ground to deny tickets to many ministers in the forthcoming assembly polls. Last December, eight ministers were sacked and nine lost their portfolios. Mulayam also reasserts his authority in the party that although he is not chief minister, his word is final.

By his outburst, Mulayam aligns himself with party workers who are disgruntled with the Akhilesh government. It is a simple rule adopted by him-workers may be against SP government but will remain with SP. Mulayam’s criticism also handles the internal tussle within his family. Mulayam deftly targets ministers and officials knowing very well of their connections with members of his family.

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  1. D
    Jan 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm
    UP needs army,all party whether this old yadav or that lady have remained to benefit themselves and not UP
    1. H
      Jan 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm
      Maulyam is epicenter of rampant corruption and he is staging drama to bluff people as if he is anti-corruption. The regional and smaller parties run by individual for family prosperity can not make any development in any regional parties ruled states as evident in UP, Bihar. West Bengal where people are extremely poor and are running to other states for livelihood as there is no development in these states where employment can be generated. The voters are responsible for their poverty and backwardness when they are repeatedly voting to corrupt and non-performing regional parties since independence. The majority of voters are fools and illiterate who are behaving in most irresponsible way by voting on basis of caste, religion, communal etc. So Democracy is farce in this country since it is meant for educated and responsible people.
      1. Uday Prakash
        Jan 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm
        Akhilesh ji is doing well. let him do. Neta ji should not interfere in the functioning of the govt. if the SP has faced some difficulties it is becos of Neta ji and his dear fellow. Akhilesh ji is the most matured young politicians.