By undermining Akhilesh, Mulayam undermines SP in coming polls

Akhilesh continues to display his isolation and resentment with the state of affairs in the party, publicly.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Published:October 17, 2016 3:53 pm
Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal, Shivpal yadav, Ramgopal Yadav, Akhilesh Kumar, UP, Uttar Pradesh, UP elections, UP polls, UP assembly elections 2016, UP news, india news It remains to be seen how long Akhilesh can continue in the campaign without being the official CM face and with little say in the selection of candidates. (Source: PTI/File)

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s decision to refrain from naming his son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the party’s CM face in coming assembly elections is going to further widen the gap between the party old-guard and Akhilesh.

Akhilesh continues to display his isolation and resentment with the state of affairs in the party, publicly. He has a new office for his loyalists at Janeshwar Mishra Trust building and has said he is not in the know of ticket distribution.

Meanwhile, Mulayam continues to back himself and his brother SP state president Shivpal Yadav on all party affairs, indicating that he is either trying to hold together the fragile settlement between family member or he is trying to save Akhilesh from the blame of “impending defeat in elections”, as opposition leaders like Mayawati have claimed.

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It remains to be seen how long Akhilesh can continue in the campaign without being the official CM face and with little say in the selection of candidates. If a better arrangement is not arrived at soon, it will further aggravate the crisis within the party and adversely impact its electoral prospects. Some of Akhilesh’s backers already and in private blame Mulayam for lasting damage to the party by undermining the CM.

Minister and SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary, who is close to Akhilesh, yesterday said that the CM is someone who does not believe in the politics of caste and creed and is against the mafia in politics. The statement is seen as distancing Akhilesh from the party’s decision to merge with the Quami Ekta Dal of MLA Mukhtar Ansari, a jailed gangster-politician.

In such a scenario, Akhilesh’s focus on the issue of development seems unlikely to resonate with voters. Sidelining him in the running of the SP’s affairs gives other parties an opportunity to exploit the situation. The BSP has already started a campaign to poach on SP’s Muslim support while the BJP is eyeing its backward caste backers .

Anti-incumbency along with the family dispute is expected to hurt the SP in elections while internal differences could worsen post elections.

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    Vikas
    Oct 17, 2016 at 11:07 am
    Akhilesh is young and energetic CM..He has shown the path of development.One can imagine the heat that Lucknow metro and Agra Lucknow expressway has been built in record time.Beacuse of Akhilesh effort power sector is doing good..Sooner Kanpur would have metro...he has really paved the way of development...Under the Leadership of him SP will surely repeat 2012 performance.....people of UP trust him as a development man....
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    Vikas yadav
    Oct 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    Akhilesh as CM face will bring another mive victory for SP in 2017...
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    Kim Sharma
    Oct 17, 2016 at 11:03 am
    Advantage BSP. It is definite many SP votes will go to BSP and Congress. Reports from western UP say many Muslims don't mind trying out Congress. SP may end up with 60 seats and Congress may be third with 70-80. Congress may go past 100 only if BSP is really cornered by BJP.
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    R.Mehta
    Oct 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm
    SP supremo must have some genuine reasons with his brother ,which is making him sideline his son as prospective candidate for the post of CM in the coming elections.Those who are making him do so will also realise later that they did no good to party and themselves by compelling him to sideline his son ,who has given comparatively good goverence in the State during his first stint as CM.
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    surinder
    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm
    This BAP-BETA combine is a clever combine of wily politicians. By ping the onus of nominating on the party , Mulayam is ping the buck to others to fulfill his wish . He will thus satisfy other strong contender , Shivpal , and keep other lower aspirants shut .lt;br/gt;Well done Mulayam !
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    xyz
    Oct 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm
    Time for Akilesh to join Congress
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