Akhilesh Yadav was desperate to be re-elected as Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Rahul Gandhi wanted to show something as an achievement in UP.
If the exit polls are to be believed, Rahul Gandhi may have spoilt the chances of Akhilesh Yadav in UP. Akhilesh Yadav was desperate to be re-elected as Uttar Pradesh chief minister. Rahul Gandhi wanted to show something as an achievement in UP so he could finally claim to have achieved something in politics, and thus finally ascend to the throne of the president of the Congress party. So the two unlikely candidates came together in an alliance. Little did Akhilesh Yadav know that this could be so detrimental for him. When Akhilesh looks back at the 2017 assembly election, he will see the Congress alliance to be his single greatest mistake.
So two candidates came together both at cross purpose and unlikely partners. The whole election campaign was hijacked by a wily Congress party. The lack of chemistry between Rahul and Akhilesh at their joint press conference was apparent. What was worse was that Rahul Gandhi tried to play the big brother of the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav who had already governed the state for five years.Rahul Gandhi was attempting to play Big Brother and run away with the credit. If one watched the roadshows and press conferences, it was Congress that hogged the show with Rahul Gandhi making it sound as if it was a congress event and Samajwadi Party was only on the sides.
If one watched the roadshows and press conferences, it was Congress that hogged the show with Rahul Gandhi making it sound as if it was a congress event and Samajwadi Party was only on the sides. On many instances, it also seemed that they were equal partners contesting 200 odd seats each. At all instances, it seemed that the Congress was a bigger party and SP only a junior partner. Actually, Rahul Gandhi was running his own battle against Modi. He spoke about Rahul and Modi rather than highlighting the achievements of Samajwadi Party with Akhilesh at the helm.
At one point in time Rahul Gandhi while replying to one journalist at a press conference said that Akhilesh Yadav’s intentions were right but there were some shortcomings in his government. So Rahul Gandhi with his fuax pas and immature statements was more of a liability for AkhileshYadav and his election campaign.