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    Son dethrones father!


    Son dethrones father!

    The turn of political events in Uttar Pradesh (UP) has far reaching consequences in days to come and particularly in state and . The state chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav has unseated his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and assumed the role of national president of Samajwadi Party in place of his father. On the other hand Mulayam Singh Yadav termed the rebel party convention as illegal and has sacked his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, the main organiser of the rebel convention, two top party functionaries and MPs associated with it.


    The political developments in UP has been in prime focus people and politicians alike for at least three main reasons. First, the still largest state contributing maximum number of seats to setting the political course at New Delhi and its going to state Assembly polls. Secondly, it spits vertically the ruling clan of Mulayam Singh Yadav who could not hold itself together that can ruin the electoral prospects of Samajwadi Party now split into two.

    Thirdly, coming polls will be a litmus test for BJP in response to the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendera Modi's bold and controversial decision of demonetising taken on November 08. The battle within the Samajwadi Party has climaxed with the expulsion of Akhilesh with his supporter Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years.

    The grapevine in and around Lucknow suggests Akhilesh's is in no mood to quitting as Chief Minister and that he still command a majority, the Mulayam camp is insistent that a new Chief Minister would be appointed in Akhilesh's place at the earliest. The battle lines are indeed drawn and the two main rivals of the Samajwadi Party – BJP and BSP have taken it as a God-send opportunity.

    The spat is seen symptomatic of the generation gap that is increasingly playing out in available social . Mulayam, by all accounts, has been a hard taskmaster to Akhilesh and the latter has been deferential towards him. Now, with the winds of change, Akhilesh had built a trusted group of his own men who are not palatable to Mulayam and uncle Shivpal Yadav, who was appointed party chief recently, too expected subservience from Akhilesh. Basically, it boiled down to an ego clash between the principal players in the drama who are all from one family, in a brazen display of nepotism which is so typical in Indian politics today.

    The real bone of contention which led the party to this pass was the distribution of tickets to the aspirant-legislators in the party. While Shivpal Yadav as president has announced a list of names for 325 seats after Mulayam and Akhilesh failed to sort out their differences despite six hours of parleys, Akhilesh, showing his rebellious intent announced his own list of 235 candidates the very next day. The National Convention has further endorsed the Akhileshwar's list of candidates for coming Assembly polls.

    All this left the party cadres divided and confused. There were two ways to stem the rot — by accommodating Akhilesh's standpoint and agreeing to give electoral tickets to at least some of his prime supporters or jettisoning Akhilesh and rebuilding the party under Mulayam-Shivpal leadership. Supremo Mulayam chose to go with the latter because he could not countenance biting dust in a battle with his son. Significantly, Mulayam's first wife Malati Devi who was Akhilesh's mother, passed away in 2003 and a second wife emerged who is believed to be inimical to Akhilesh.

    Amidst the internecine battle, Akhilesh, who is seen as popular Chief Minister and towards whom the youth and the educated middle class of UP in general are seen to be well-disposed,  independently entered into an informal poll arrangements with Rahul Gandhi of Congress, to much displeasure of Mulayam and Shivpal who were rabidly opposed to any such electoral understanding.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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