With some Congress leaders having expressed support to Akhilesh Yadav in the Samajwadi Party standoff, UP’s Congress president Raj Babbar said it is their personal opinion but noted the “lack of trust, insecurity and confusion” among SP workers of Samajwadi Party.
““Rajnaitik ghatnakram pe nazar rakhe hain, pariwarik ghatnakram pe dukh hai (We are keeping an eye on the political developments, are saddened by the family developments),” said Babbar, who was in Lucknow Tuesday.
He said that while the time would tell about the political loss or gain due to the entire episode, one thing was sure that it has left a significant number of Samajwadi Party workers with the feeling of insecurity.
About calls within the Congress for a tie-up with Akhilesh, he said, “It might be personal opinion of some of my fellow leaders but as a responsible person sitting in a responsible post, I can say there is no decision that has been taken… First let them decide. In this time of grief, some of them are expressing their grief through anger, some through tears, while others through snatching things from others [Shivpal Yadav had snatched the mike at Monday’s SP meeting]. Thus, I would repeat that the entire episode is sad.”
Amidst ongoing crisis within Samajwadi Party, Babbar compared socialism of Marx and “Socialism of Nehru”. “I am not comparing individuals but while Marxist socialism believes in pulling those at the top to the bottom; there is other side which is socialism of Nehru. Our socialism is where we ensure that those at the top are able to bring those near the bottom closer to themselves.”said Babbar.
Among those calling for an understanding with Akhilesh in the event of a split is Imran Masood, Congress vice-president in UP, best remembered for a speech in 2014 against then PM candidate Narendra Modi. “I do not support a fight within any family or party but the way things have turned out in the Samajwadi Party, should tit lead to Akhilesh Yadav separating from the rest, then it is my personal opinion that there is no harm taking him along,” Masood told The Indian Express.