Speculations, rumours and assumptions were on their full throttle last weekend at Lucknow and media added salt to the rest by creating sensational pieces of what’s next in SP. Although none of the media reports were precisely true as most of them had only whispers and murmurs. But something was still not right in SP especially after Akhilesh’s gave an open hand interview to an English daily recently.
Although senior SP leaders tried to solve the riddle by officially commenting over Akhilesh’s selection as the CM candidate once again, but all this had happened after a busy and tough weekend.
All this had started after Ahilesh was involved in a word war with his uncle Shivpal and some verbal bashing by father Mulayam Singh Yadav. After these incidents, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav was busy finalizing a new independent poll strategy, without consulting his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav. His supporters made a new frontal organisation known as “Akhilesh sena” and it gave clear indications about the Samajwadi Party heading for a vertical split.
The warring frictions were led by Akhilesh and Shivpal which had deepened the crisis within the party. Both of them are now operating from separate offices and are making no communication within them.
A cabinet minister close to Akhilesh spoke to WeForNews on preference of being anonymous and said -“Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) should show some regards to the young CM and he should be given a final say in all election related matters else the future is not very bright. The way things are changing daily, it has become inconvenient and impossible for him (the chief minister) to work within the existing framework of the party.”
Last week, Mulayam who was flanked by state party chief and younger brother Shivpal and state minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, had said in a press conference that the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will be decided by elected party MLAs after the 2017 Assembly elections.
But very soon the young CM had played down his father’s statement by saying his father must have said so after due consideration. Akhilesh told the media – “Netaji is the most experienced leader of the country and the state. If he has given any statement, he must have said it after giving it due consideration. But I had also said in the Assembly that I will present the next budget.”
And the last was done by senior SP leader and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav on Sunday, who warned Mulayam Singh by writing a letter which said that “history would not forgive him if he did not project Akhilesh as the chief ministerial candidate.”
He also urged SP supremo about how the morale of party cadres had hit rock bottom following Malayam’s comment and warned that this could seriously affect the party in upcoming elections. Soon after getting this letter, Mulayam Singh met Ram Gopal Yadav in New Delhi for some three hours.
Meanwhile rumours had started flaring up in Lucknow that if Akhilesh would not get the desired respect he might announce a split in the party and his team had already started documentations for registration of a new party and symbol.
Some political experts also murmured about the probable name of the party which might be SP (A) and the symbol might be a motorcycle. But there were no confirmations for the same by any official profile bearer.
But day’s after Mulayam Singh Yadav’s refusal to name Akhilesh as the Samajwadi Party’s chief ministerial candidate, the party clarified on Monday that the incumbent Chief Minister remains its face for the election due early next year.
Kiranmay Nanda senior spokesperson of SP told reporters in Lucknow on Monday that Akhilesh remains the face of the party and also blamed the media for creating the confusion over Mulayam’s remarks.
“Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) only talked about the process of choosing the Chief Minister and there is no tussle within the party, it is the media which is creating the scenario.”
Akhilesh seems to have gained a concrete advantage in his war against his uncle. The way he had tried to maintain his personal image in past five years despite the family feud had made him above all the anti incumbency against the party. And that is why SP leadership had changed gears again in his favour.
Due to his untainted image now there is a general perception in UP that he is a well-meaning person who wants to work for the development of the state but is not being allowed to function independently by his father and his uncle. Political observers in Lucknow also believe the same. Rajan pandey a political analyst told us –“There is no question over his credentials as CM and especially in such turbulent conditions, it’s high time the SP leadership should think and make him the commander once again, else they might be in a political trouble.