Akhilesh types a mystery: Who is this ‘typewriter’?

What everyone was asking at the HT Leadership summit on Friday, once Akhilesh Yadav stopped speaking, was: “Who is this typewriter?”

HTLS2016 Updated: Dec 02, 2016 18:32 IST
Suveen Sinha
Suveen Sinha
Hindustan Times
Akhilesh Yadav,HTLS 2016,Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said people in a democracy pay governments in the same coin if they hurt them, criticising the Narendra Modi-led government’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes.(HT Photo)

“Who is this typewriter?”

This was the question everyone was asking as soon as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav ended his session at the 14th HT Leadership summit on Friday.

Yadav achieved the trickiest of tasks for a public speaker by being expansive and cryptic at the same time. “I will listen to Netaji and accept whatever he says. But if a typewriter comes from somewhere to remove me, I will not accept it,” said Yadav.

Netaji, to those alien to Indian politics, is Yadav’s father, Mulayam Singh who has been struggling to keep his Samajwadi Party together as his son and younger brother, Shivpal battle it out for larger say in party’s affairs and poll stratgey.

To be clear, the younger Yadav was not referring to his order to suspend a policeman in Lucknow for breaking an old man’s typewriter. Turns out he was referring to a man known for his networking prowess, who was a great friend of Yadav’s father then turned his bitter foe and recently became a friend again.

The younger Yadav and “typerwriter” are not known to be on the best of terms.

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