SP spat is Akhilesh Yadav’s bid to stand on his own feet | UP elections
This Tueday when Mulayam Singh Yadav called for a Press Conference at the Samajwadi Party headquarters in Lucknow, there was expectation that family feud is sorted out, at least till elections. All news channels were ready – on standby for breaking news.
Mulayam claimed that family stood united, a kind of one family, one party. However, that was not true. Akhilesh was no where to be seen. The Samajwadi Party leader disappointed all those who thought that he would yet again say things that would bring the first family of Uttar Pradesh together once again. He came out with a stock answer: “I will not give a single controversial answer, no matter how many provocative questions you may ask.
Akhilesh made all the right noises to show loyalty to his father. “I was made Chief Minister by the party president who is my father. If he asks me to step down, I certainly will,” Akhilesh said in Lucknow.
All this may be a political drama to blunt anti-incumbancy against Samajvadi party with every one, Mulayam Akhilesh, Amar Singh, Shivpal, playing their roles to perfection. But the insider sources say the fight is serious.
It’s clear that UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is looking to stamp his decisive supremacy over old gaurds and detractors. Defending himself on a public platform and targeting SP leader Amar Singh and confronting uncle Shivpal, two of father Mulayam Singh’s favourites, Akhilesh has not flinched from an escalation of family hostilities.
The move does seem a little late for an antidote against anti-incumbancy and the infighting presents the picture of a power struggle that voters won’t appreciate.
Akhilesh is called ‘Tipu’ by friends. is this is bid to become Sultan and build his legacy, displacing his wily father as the old Tipu did.