Bap-Beta Drama Continues To Baffle UP Observers

Lucknow: Mulayam Singh Yadav, patriarch of Samajwadi Party, continues to sulk and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would not give up. Akhilesh continued with his efforts to mollify his father. There were two names as chiefs of the party till the other day at the party office. Now there is only one name as president, that of Akhilesh. Mulayam is elevated and named as mentor. The strange relationship between the father and the son continues to baffle UP observers.

Akhilesh has requested his father to sit with him while announcing a manifesto. But the father did not oblige. After the media conference was over, both Akhilesh   and his wife Dimple along with senior minister Azam Khan had met Mulayam and submitted the party’s election manifesto. Akhilesh has posted in his facebook a group photo showing Mulayam, Azam and himself along with Dimple. Mulayam and Akhilesh had a prolonged confrontation on the ownership of the party. The younger Mulayam had conclusively proved before the Election Commission that he commands an absolute majority in SP legislature party. The EC had ruled in favourer of Akhilesh giving him the name and election symbol of SP. This disarmed the senior Yadav and the famed pahelvan had been sulking ever since. The father and son never appeared together in public although they have been meeting in private. A week ago Mulayam had sent a list of about 35 aspirants recommending party tickets for them. Akhilesh did not accept some of the names. But Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam’s younger brother, who was largely responsible for the rift between the father and the son, was fielded from his old constituency.

Mulayam is a much mellowed senior leader who accepted the ground realities. He did not actively contest the claim made by his son before the EC. His close follower and advisor Amar Singh, who was opposed tooth and nail by Akhilesh, went abroad at a crucial time. Shivpal Yadav has been lying low. There are rumours that the whole drama was enacted by the father and son to weed out the criminals and the corrupt elements from the party so that it can be reorganised on the lines of the image enjoyed by the young chief minister. Akhilesh is seen as a dynamic, modern and development oriented leader.  Is the whole crisis was a creation by the Yadav family? The rumours can neither be confirmed nor denied in the absence any corroborative evidence.

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