The week-long Samajwadi Party drama that played out on the streets of Lucknow is believed to be scripted by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
According to political analysts the drama was meant to strengthen the image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who is believed to have failed to take decisions on his own.
They say Akhilesh’s image has taken a hit last month due to the fighting within the party.
Last month, in a high-level drama for five days in the Yadav clan, Akhilesh Yadav sacked state Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati who was mired in controversy over allegations of promoting illegal mining. During the period, Akhilesh also stripped his uncle and senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav of key ministerial portfolios. Following this Shivpal resigned from the state cabinet as well as from all the posts of party held by him. This was followed by a truce brokered by the party supremo.
According to political analyst A K Verma, the Akhilesh-Shivpal episode had dented the UP chief minister’s image, so the script of current political drama was prepared in advance to project Akhilesh as a strong leader who can take his own decisions.
To make Akhilesh stronger, this time Mulayam did not raise the point of taking Shivpal back in the cabinet and nor did he raised any questions on his son, Verma said.
According to experts, at this time point in time Mulayam Yadav does not have many options as Assembly Elections are nearby, which is why he wants things to remain as it is. If Mulayam do anything else, then this may affect the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections.
At the same time the BJP has also claimed that the Yadav family feud was a drama scripted by SP Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to hide the poor governance of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The party also clarified that none of the Yadav family members will be inducted into the BJP and it is not in contact with anyone of them.
BJP national spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh said, “the main reason behind the failure of the script is due to the long-standing sour relations between the CM and his uncle Shivpal Yadav over distribution of money which ‘they looted in the past five years’.” Singh, while commenting on Shivpal’s allegation of Ramgopal Yadav ‘colluding with BJP’, said, “None of the SP family members is worth BJP. No one from Yadav family will be inducted into the BJP, but the restriction is not applied on non-Yadav family SP leaders.”