Temporary Truce In SP
- Akhilesh gains upper hand
- Shivpal to stay
Lucknow: It is, after all, the generation gap that created the crisis in Samajwadi Party (SP). Akhilesh Yadav, the young chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is a pragmatic and gutsy politician. Mulayam Singh, the patriarch of the Yadav dynasty, is the father figure. He does not want to give an impression to the world that he is disowning his beloved younger brother, Shivpal Yadav, in favour of his dear son. That was why he had to conduct series of meetings with his brother and son.
Mulayam has been an extraordinary leader who empowered a lot of politicians among his vast parivar. But Akhilesh has become a tough pugilist who had the guts to take on his Pehalwan father, Mulayam. The first round was won by the young chief minister. According to the understanding brokered by Mulayam, Shivpal would stay back in the ministry and continue to hold the reins of the party’s UP unit. Shivpal would get back the portfolios that were earlier divested by the CM. Akhilesh would have a say in selection of the candidates in the forthcoming elections. The truce may not last long. But the need for unity in the party was underlined by the leadership. The only bakra (goat) to be sacrificed a few days after Bakr Eid appears to be Amar Singh who may be further sidelined or even expelled, if Akhilesh and his uncle Ramgopal Yadav, MP, could have their way.