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Akhilesh card against Rahul

THE RULING Samajwadi Party has planned to play ?Akhilesh card? against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in the State. While SP and BSP are poised for a direct fight in the next Assembly elections the ruling dispensation has strategically placed young MP from Kannauj Akhilesh Yadav, son of chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, to stop migration of large youth electorates to the Dalit outfit and also checkmate Rahul Gandhi in the State.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 01:22 IST
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THE RULING Samajwadi Party has planned to play ‘Akhilesh card’ against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in the State. While SP and BSP are poised for a direct fight in the next Assembly elections the ruling dispensation has strategically placed young MP from Kannauj Akhilesh Yadav, son of chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, to stop migration of large youth electorates to the Dalit outfit and also checkmate Rahul Gandhi in the State.

The party’s strategy is the fall-out of Rahul Gandhi’s announcement to pay special attention to UP. The electoral battle in the State is thus set to witness “Babalogs” playing significant role. The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh too has fielded his son, Jayant Chaudhury, to fish in the troubled political waters of the State. However, BSP and BJP have no such advantages.

With Rahul Gandhi being an attractive option for the younger generation in the State, the SP has entrusted the task to frontal organisations to counter it by projecting Akhilesh Yadav. The message from SP’s youth rally on Sunday was loud and clear.

Instead of banking on hackneyed leaders, the SP leadership appeared to have decided to mobilise youth force of the party. Akhilesh Yadav, who has successfully organised the rally, is thus destined to play a vital role in the future electoral strategy of the party.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had several times indicated that he was not happy with the performance of SP ministers, MLAs and district office-bearers.

Thus, there is a feeling in the party that prevailing anti-incumbency could be off set by bringing younger generation to the forefront.

The party has launched desperate efforts to keep the youth cadre in good humour. “Yeh party ki backbone hain, inko mera salam” (they are the backbone of the party, my salute to them) commented SP general secretary Amar Singh at the rally. The CM recalled their “sacrifices” to bring the party to power. Though after coming to power the party youths were the most neglected lot, the party has now belatedly realised their utility.

With resentment brewing among people against senior district leaders including ministers and large number of MLAs, moves are afoot to placate the people by pushing a clean image of Akhilesh . The CM had carefully kept off his son away from the murky politicking of the State.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 01:22 IST