Will Mulayam Singh Yadav replace son Akhilesh as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister in coming months?
Such talk has gained political currency after a series of statements by Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo criticizing the Akhilesh Yadav government – as also his public admission about BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi being a factor in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a possible factor in the parliamentary elections in the urban centers in Uttar Pradesh has also emerged as a concern for the state’s ruling party.
“The political scenario is radically transforming. The senior Yadav is realizing that his shot at Prime Ministership might be far-fetched”, a state watcher said.
Modi’s incursions in UP territory and the introduction of the AAP brand of politics are factors that have emerged as a serious threat to the “identity politics” that has SP has pursued and thrived on in past decades. “The situation demands that the SP must put its house in order”, a SP leader admitted.
The senior Yadav has on several occasions publicly upbraided the Akhilesh Yadav government on poor performance. Addressing the party state executive meeting last January, the SP chief called upon state ministers to focus on “public interest” rather than “self interest”. “I am aware of what is going on in the government. Party workers are being ignored by their own MPs and MLAs”, he had said.
Four days earlier, he told a gathering at his native town of Etawah that he was receiving many complaints about the corrupt functioning of the state government. “Party leaders should not mount pressure for transfers and postings”, he had said.
The state’s deteriorating law and order situation and the handling of the Muzaffarnagar riots in particular are factors that have seriously dented the SP’s support base among the Yadavs and Muslims.Muzaffarnagar riot survivors out in cold; SP, BSP continue to party