By Sourabh Mishra
A fresh row within Samajvaadi Party has brought Uttar Pradesh into headlines of most of the prestigious newspapers. The battle of survival between Mr. Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle, Shivpal Yadav is giving a great show to Indian voters and masaala to Indian News agencies.
Politics in Uttar Pradesh has always been a good source of entertainment to entire nation because of the lack of sensible politicians and politics based on caste and religion. Though Bihar does not lag behind in this matter. The history of these two states prove that elections in these states are not won in the name of development, growth, employment or good governance rather they are fought on the basis of casteism and religion.
The three-day family drama reached a climax late on Thursday evening. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav seemed to be backing his son Akhilesh Yadav and marginalizing his brother Shivpal Yadav. When Akhilesh stripped his uncle of key portfolios, it was his way of showing that he was the man in control just before the party is going to face its big electoral battle next year.
Shivpal Yadav knows that any compromise at this stage or accepting a rehabilitation package, would be suicidal for his political future.He also des not want to be number two in the government. Therefore, Shivpal Yadav resigned from all posts to show that he is fighting for survival.
Akhilesh Yadav always wanted to act as an ‘independent’ CM, free from any pressure since the beginnig of his tenure. Akhilesh Yadav wants to thrust on development agenda and his emergence as a ‘performing chief minister’ who is not under elders’ pressure has definitely spruced up his image, but it has also put the family and the party into a deep crisis, according to political gurus.