By the time Akhilesh hit the campaign trail after winning his war against his uncle Shivpal Yadav and father Mulayam Singh Yadav, along with wife Dimple Yadav, BJP had already gone ahead with election strategy.
By the time Akhilesh hit the campaign trail after winning his war against his uncle Shivpal Yadav and father Mulayam Singh Yadav, along with wife Dimple Yadav, BJP had already gone ahead with election strategy. Akhilesh Yadav lost a lot of time in the family infighting and though won that battle has dampened his future prospects completely. It may be recalled that Mulayam Singh Yadav had announced that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had taken the lead in family feud. Mulayam the grand old man of the party relented and had said that Akhilesh may have rebelled with him, but he is still his son, Aaj Tak had reported. The father, Mulayam had asked his supporters to campaign for the party. Mulayam reportedly said that there is hardly any time left for the elections and all the workers should campaign for the cycle. Whether or not he knew how to go about making up for the lost time is uncertain but if the exit polls are to be believed the Samajwadi party is in for a setback.
On the final day of the casting of the vote, knives were out again in the first family of the Samajwadi Party . This time it was Sadhna Yadav, wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav, signaling her desire to see her son Prateek Yadav to enter politics. Though she was careful to qualify her statement by stating she would like to see her step-son Akhilesh Yadav as the chief minister once again, the contradiction in her remarks was evident. The political messaging of her intervention, a day before the final phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh, was clear: create a rival power centre within an already divided family. That could potentially hurt voter turnout for the Samajwadi Party. Discussing the family dispute in public for the first time, Sadhna Yadav maintained that due respect had not been shown to the party patriarch and that Akhilesh Yadav had promised to restore status quo after three months.
Sadhna Yadav also seemed to suggest that Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam Yadav’s brother who has been effectively sidelined, hasn’t been treated fairly. She also said, “whatever happened, Netaji Mulayam Singh Yadav should not have been disrespected. He has made this party after a lot of hard work and has dedicated his entire life to it. I don’t know how Akhilesh (Yadav) did all this but he does not have anything against his father; Akhilesh respects his father. Akhilesh has said that he will return everything to Netaji after three months. I want that our party should come to power and Akhilesh should become the chief minister,” she said, adding that Akhilesh Yadav had been “misled”. While this may not impact the election results, yet it shows that the fissures in the family are only strengthening.
To complicate matters, some of his MLAs are facing an undercurrent of anti-incumbency, turning them into liabilities instead of assets. Many of his ministers are likely to lose by huge margins, indicating the extent of dissatisfaction with their performance. The BJP seems set to sweep all the phases from the third phase onwards. This will not only give more power to Mulayam Singh faction again but also make the MLAs restless. Those that lost due to the Akhilesh Yadav’s immature moves will move to the Mulayam factions and may puncture the Samajwadi party like never before.