​​​
  1. Rahul Gandhi not a ‘good boy’, learns Akhilesh Yadav as he himself turns ‘bad boy’ of Mulayam’s empire

Rahul Gandhi not a ‘good boy’, learns Akhilesh Yadav as he himself turns ‘bad boy’ of Mulayam’s empire

On a day when Akhilesh Yadav was already trying hard to kill the rumours of a rift in Mulayam's family, Rahul Gandhi chose not to let go this opportunity of attacking the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 14, 2016 5:08 PM
rahul gandhi, akhilesh yadav, rahul akhilesh, congress-sp, UP polls, UP elections 2017, UP elections Rahul Gandhi addressing farmers at a ‘khaat sabha’ in Mirzapur on Wednesday. (Source: Twitter)

Rahul Gandhi has shown he is not the ‘good boy’ UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claims him to be. A few days ago, when asked about Rahul’s 2,500-km ‘Kisan Yatra’ in UP, Akhilesh had sparked the rumours of SP-Congress alliance with a statement. “Rahul is a good human being and a good boy. If he spends more time in UP, we can also have friendship with him…If two good human beings meet, what’s wrong in that,” the UP CM was quoted as saying by PTI.

The Congress vice-president, however, seems not much impressed with Akhilesh’s friendship offer. On a day when Akhilesh was already trying hard to kill the rumours of rift in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family, Rahul chose not to let go this opportunity of attacking the ruling party. Addressing a rally in Mirzapur on Wednesday, Rahul said, “A few months before the elections, Akhilesh wants to repair the cycle (SP mascot). This will not happen.” He further said, “Tyre of cycle is already punctured, yesterday Akhilesh Yadav ji threw the wheel out.”

rahul gandhi, akhilesh yadav, rahul akhilesh, congress-sp, UP polls, UP elections 2017, UP elections Rahul Gandhi helping people fill a form for farm waiver in UP. (Source: Twitter)

While Rahul has now shown he is not the ‘good boy’ as expected by Akhilesh, the latter is apparently turning into a ‘bad boy’ of Mulayam’s family. Some of the decisions taken by Akhilesh in the last two days point towards a brewing rift in the Yadav family.

ALSO READ: Yadav versus Yadav: Here’s how the feud has unfolded between Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh

The UP CM sacked two ministers — Gayatri Prasad Prajapati and Raj Kishor Singh — considered close to Mulayam and replaced UP secretary Deepak Singhal, who was considered close to Shivpal Yadav, with IAS officer Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar. On Tuesday, when the SP supremo replaced Akhilesh with his uncle Shivpal as the state party chief, the UP CM removed Shivpal from some of the key ministries of his government.

Talking to reporters on Wednesday, however, Akhilesh downplayed the family rift rumours, saying there is a fight in the government, not the family.

Even as Akhilesh’ friendly words for Rahul had raised rumours of the possible alliance, the rumours had not much weight, considering Mulayam’s longstanding “mistrust” of the Congress. The love-hate relationship between both parties has been continuing for long. Mulayam often blames the Congress of betrayal and the misuse of CBI against him and his family in a disproportionate assets case. In contrast, the Congress leaders accuse him of preventing Sonia’s rise to power in 1999.

If Rahul accepts the extended hands of Akhilesh, both leaders may prevent a split in anti-BJP votes. However, this is not the end. Both the leaders may have another opportunity to become ‘good boys’ after the Assembly elections early next year.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Go to Top