Thursday, December 29, 2016

Akhilesh Yadav - The son becoming father

A lot is at stake in UP politics. It's the battleground for BSP and Congress revival. It will be a signature for Modi and BJP's future. However the biggest drama is unfolding in the clan of Yadav's and Samajwadi Party. Few months back, the tussle for power came at the forefront. The two sides of the coin being Shivpal Yadam and Akhilesh Yadav. Most of the people thought it to be orchestrated to bolster the image of Akhilesh Yadav. A neat scripted show.


For a moment, it seemed Mulayam was able to broker the peace between the brother and the son. Mulayam Singh Yadav is not a novice of Indian politics. He is a man who fell short of becoming PM of India for various reasons. However it was surprising that the coup would come from such a close quarter. He still has maintained his leanings towards his brother, where he feels to be obliged for the support that his brother has provided all along. However he has shown his feelings for his son also and this resulted in the truce achieved without conclusions. It was the silence before the tornado.

The situation in Yadav's family is very interesting. Contrary to what other patriarch has done in Indian politics, Mulayam Singh Yadav has not come openly to support his son. Maybe he has some points in his sleeves. 

It will be interesting to see how this battle gets settled. Akhilesh has upped the level of the game by announcing a parallel list of candidates for assembly elections. The first list prepared by Shivpal but shared with media and world by none other than Mulayam Singh Yadav.

If we look every step closely, it's making Akhilesh stronger. He has been able to project himself as the epitome of development so it will be not surprising that a lot of weight will automatically shift behind him. Still in his forty's, he carries a huge advantage in comparison to his father and uncle. However Mulayam knows that it's not just the pro development agenda that can win elections in India and especially UP. The machinery to win elections needs all sorts of skill, good and so called bad. The most important factor in elections is the ability to win. Rest does not matters. And that' where the old hand Shivpal comes into picture. 

If it's another well scripted script or their are deeper wounds, only time is going to tell.

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