Samajwadi Party is on the brink of implosion when it is about to turn 25 years old. And it has nothing but itself to blame for the situation. Formed on the principles of Ram Manohar Lohia, which are strictly against dynastic politics, Mulayam Singh Yadav made Samajwadi Party a family affair — of sons, brothers and wives.
Everyone in Mulayam’s family is someone in the Uttar Pradesh today. But then greed has an expiry date. For Samajwadi Party, the date has almost arrived as it celebrates 25th birthday on November 5.
The Yadav family feud for power and, of course, state’s money, is now out in the open. It has reached to an extent that Mulayam is finding it almost impossible to find a right balance between his own greed and other family members.
The fight in the family is on whether Akhilesh should get control over the party machinery or should it be given to Shivpal. Mulayam, of course, doesn’t want to do any of it. For the SP founder won’t like to lose his own grip on the party and power.
Mulayam is unable to broker peace between son Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav. The reality is Mulayam just can’t do that. He can’t force Akhilesh to compromise. Now is the time of the son.
In five years as the UP CM, Akhilesh has become a very popular face in the state, way ahead of anyone in the party. However, he would take the decision to split or not only after judging public mood during his ‘Rath Yatra’ starting November 3.
Sunita Aaron writes in HT that several rumours about the split in SP and a new party is already doing the rounds in Lucknow. The most popular suggested name for Akhilesh’s new party is ‘Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party’ with the motorcycle as the party symbol.
Talking about the options the UP CM would have if he decides to split, Aaron writes that Akhilesh can form a grand alliance with parties like JD(U), Congress, RLD and remain the CM candidate of such a coalition. This can also be the basis for a future national alliance.
The end of SP, however, is not yet certain. Nobody knows a confirmed date yet. But the fact that the party has reached to such a situation should be an eye opener for voters, who often help leaders transform into Monarchs.