The latest political bombshell unleashed by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s pullout decision from the Janata Parivar’s ‘maha gathbandhan’ (grand alliance) may well have its epicentre in Patna, but its reverberations are likely to be felt in the political stratosphere of Delhi and Lucknow.
Known for his ability to run with the hare and hunt with the hound, the wily regional satrap from Uttar Pradesh appears to have scored a self goal this time, as perceptions are gaining that he is damaging prospects of the emergence of the third front.
His decision has also given rise suspicions that he harbours a ‘hidden agenda’.
Accused in the pending CBI case in a disproportionate assets (DA) case and charges of the UP government’s involvement in the sensational Yadav Singh case, the SP supremo’s political flip-flops have often been explained in political circles as being provoked by compulsions to go soft against the government in power at the Centre.
Even as senior Janata Parivar leaders including JD(U) president Sharad Yadav are engaged in desperate last ditch efforts are on to persuade Mulayam to reverse his decision, the latest political fracas in the socialist camp also seems to indicate to Mulayam’s growing isolation within the UP government’s ruling family.
“Family members more than Mulayam himself are the ones wanting to sabotage prospects of the emergence of alternative political bloc. The SP’s decision to pull out of the ‘Maha Gath bandhan’ (grand alliance) might partially damage the Janata Parivar’s prospects in the upcoming Bihar elections, but will hurt the SP prospects more in the 2017 assembly elections in UP,” political analysts say.
The SP decision is particularly inexplicable in view of the party’s small stakes in Bihar’s political terrain.
Whether or not Mulayam comes around to reverse the pullout decision, it is certain that possibilities of the cobbling together of a Third Front in the foreseeable future have turned even more remote.
While RJD leader Lalu Prasad has gained in stature for his willingness to embrace the alliance, Mulayam will have a good amount of answering to do in coming weeks and months.