Lucknow, Jan 14, 2017: Ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the Akhilesh Yadav wing of the Samajwadi Party seems to be inching closer to sealing a deal with the Congress, even as the Election Commission is yet to decide on the fate of the SP and its symbol cycle.
While speculation about a pre-poll alliance has been in the air for some time now, posters of Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav, who is Akhilesh’s wife, along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have come up in Allahabad – fuelling the speculation. The hoardings with pictures of both women figuring prominently have been put up by Congress workers – Anil Chowdhary and Irshad Ullah.
The slogan in the hoardings says “Mahilaon ka UP mein bajega danka, jab saath aayengi Dimple aur Priyanka” (Women in Uttar Pradesh will be empowered, when Dimple and Priyanka come together).
A poster campaign to support an issue or a demand is not new in Allahabad. It was from here that posters demanding a greater role for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in leading the Congress had come up first.
With both Congress and the Akhilesh faction facing an uncertain future in the forthcoming state assembly polls, it appears to be a necessity and a done thing.
Propping up of the woman power from both sides is likely to play a cementing force, insiders say.