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Who will be the Next UP CM? Ramayana!


Who will be the Next UP CM? Ramayana!

By Ayush Prasad

Source: School friend who is from the same family.
 

Mar 8: There is an old story about Nawabs from Lucknow. Two Nawabs met at the door of a train compartment. Respectfully, each requested the other to board the train first and in the process both missed the train. Though the Nawabs have gone, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav seem to be stuck in the same old 'pehle aap' culture when it comes to occupying the Chief Minister's post. But what seems is not what it is. Highly placed reliable sources have informed that the story playing out is in fact much older; it is the epic - Ramayana.
 

The Background
 
Mulayam Singh Yadav was born to a farmer, Sudhar Singh, who had encouraged him to become a wrestler. He was then spotted during a wrestling match by a local leader Nathu Singh, who encouraged him to join politics. Inspired by the socialist ideologies of Ram Manohar Lohia, Mulayam Singh Yadav rose to great prominence in the post Madal era and became the Chief Minister thrice, each time by questionable political alliances and splitting opposition parties.
 
He founded the Samajwadi Party in October 1992 and over the years it has become a family controlled institution. Though two of his brothers (one of them an ex-serviceman) are farmers in his native village of Safai; one brother and cousin are prominent leaders of the party. It also has heavyweights, such as Azam Khan, who guarantee him critical support of the Muslim community. He was also very close friends with socialite Amar Singh.
 
Mulayam Singh Yadav has married twice. His first wife and the mother of his son, Akhilesh Yadav passed away several years ago. Hence, Akhilesh was raised by his maternal grandmother. In 1999, Mulayam had strongly objected to Akhilesh's marriage to a girl of another caste, Dimple Singh.
 
Prateek Yadav, his 29 year old son from his second wife, Sadhana Gupta, has not yet joined active politics.
 
 
How it Unfolded
 
After the 2009 elections, Samjawadi Party's seats in the Lok Sabha came down from 35 MPs to 22 MPs. The result was criticized as a disaster. After the results, Mulayam Singh Yadav appointed, Akhilesh Yadav, a 3rd time MP,  as UP State President of the Samajwadi Party.
 
Akhilesh Yadav had won 2 from constituencies in the Lok Sabha election and vacated the seat of Ferozabad. Going against the wishes of his uncles and other leaders, Akhilesh nominated his wife as the party's candidate for the bye-election. Raj Babbar, due to Rahul Gandhi's extensive campaign, defeated her. This lead to severe critisim and there were calls to remove him from the State President-ship. But his father sided with him and i lead to the famous break-up in friendship between Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav.
 
Since then, as Mulayam Singh Yadav's health has dipped, Akhilesh began calling the shots in Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam Singh, who once depended on Amar Singh, now became dependent on his son who re-invented the party's vision and changed its image. Akhilesh undertook several yatras and almost single handed campaigned across the state. He selected most of the candidates and even took difficult decisions of removing influential dons.
 

Shocked by Success
 
In the 2002 UP Assembly Elections, all caste-religious equations had worked  in Samajwadi Party's favour and super-stars such as Amitabh Bachchan had campaigned for it, it had managed to win 143 seats . Most party insiders felt that in this election, it would get a maximum of 160 seats and Congress will win 70-80 seats. They had planned to form a coalition government with Congress in Uttar Pradesh.
 
The Union Government has to increase fuel prices by over 7-8% and take tough decisions during budget to manage the fiscal deficit. It is widely expected that 18 MPs of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) lead by populist Mamta Banerjee will withdraw support from UPA-II coalition. Hence, Samajwadi Party could replace it with its 22 Lok Sabha MPs.  Most Congressmen would be happy, as Mamta Banerjee has become an unpopular CM in only 9 months. They could chart a future independent of her.  But the thumping majority in UP Elections has rattled all.
 
Most of the newly elected MLAs acknowledge that the mandate is for the "New" Samajwadi Party. Though Mulayam Singh is widely respected, this mandate is for a fresh face who offers hope of a better day. The mandate has transcends caste-religious divides and most young people have voted for them.
 
 
The Ramayana
 
Chief Minister's post is physically taxing - one is expected to meet a lot of people and attend several functions everyday. It also has the stress and pressure of managing the aspirations of hundreds of people. With his failing health, Mulayam Singh Yadav is not said to be very keen to take up the top job, but then will his family allow him to?
 
Mulayam Singh's situation is similar to that of Dasharata. His second wife has a young son and may like him to inherit a rightful share of political legacy. Mulayam's brothers are in their late 50s (prime time for politics) and have been in politics for a time. If they accept a 38 year old Akhilesh as their leader, it stagnates their political career. They also have young sons. Sadhana Gupta, Mulayam's wife, has been quoted by the press firmly stating that only her husband is the CM candidate of the party.
 
Akhilesh Yadav has shown political maturity by sharing the credit and not displaying any ambitions. He has also defended Rahul Gandhi by stating that victories and defeats are part of the game.
 

Possible Solutions
 
Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav met Uttar Pradesh Governor, B L Joshi and have requested for over 3-4 days the candidate for Chief Minister. During this period, the entire Yadav family is going to their native village of Safai to celebrate Holi and discuss this issue. Keeping the family united would be a important so that it does not bitter the sweetness of success.
 
They are also waiting for the oil prices to rise so that it creates vacancies in the Union Government. Mulayam's brothers could be placated with Ministries in the Union Government. The Railway Portfolio could go to either father or son. But, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is said to be concerned, as the battered image of his Government would be harmed further, if the Railway Minister (a TMC MP) resigns just before the Railway budget, for a populist cause- such as not increasing the Passenger fares.
 
The other alternative is that the Tamil Nadu (previous Govt) or Punjab model could be followed, where an old father is the Chief Minister and his young son is the Deputy Chief Minister. This would bring old experience and young energy together.
 
These days, even success could become a huge problem.

 


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  • JOY CASTELINO, MOODUBELLE/DUBAI

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    RAJESH, KUWAIT, You Missed one important point - BJP is a "Rubber Stamp party", where the post of party chief is reserved only for a Nominee of the RSS.

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  • Rajesh Gonsalves, Mangalore / Cairo

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    R.Fernandes, Dubai
    Cassette atth aw BJP da Gili. Ade raaga ade aadu.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Moulana Mulayam singh Yadav's SP party elected 40 Muslim MLAs followed by DIDI ka Haathi Party 14 MLAs and three by Congress .A total 63 Muslim MLAs were elected in UP that is all time high.

    "Moulana"Mulayam Singh Yadav brought back Azam Khan,a powerful Muslim leader, who was sacked @ the behest of AMARA SINGH which brought dividend that paved way Muslims to tilt towards Yadav.A political Chankaya like Yeddy M.S.Yadav is right man to lead in the front of the affairs the UP.

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  • Yusuf batkal, Manglore

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Azam Khan is the best choice to replace ailing Mulayam. SP has won by the influence of Azam khan, Media, Mr.Quereshi by default. A Perfect Man from a Minority Community would do a world of good. He would be neutral and would aid development all over.

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  • Naveen Menezes, Gurpur

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    I believe Akhilesh Yadav must take up the Post of CM. The generation today is sick of the same old fashioned ways of governance. Let the young minds take up politics and ute alternative means to eradicate social evils.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Right-now Mulayam is good choice. Everybody knows Akilesh is good leader also but he need little more experience in political field. My Strong opinion is give equal justice to all religion. India is democracy and multicultural nation.

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Whether Shri Akhilesh becomes the CM or not, he has already achieved what others could not achieve. Look at the maturity shown by this man after the victory. His feet were firmly rooted in the ground. He did not humiliate the opponents, was not in favour of pulling down the statues of Madame Mayawati - which I am sure will have good will from her supporters towards Shri Akhilesh. Being an educated person, I am sure he will take Uttar Pradesh forward. My best wishes to him and his team.

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  • RAJESH, KUWAIT

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA
    Truth is bitter.

    Congress is a "mother and son party", where the post of party chief is reserved only for a member of the Gandhi family.

    A common party worker can't become president of the party.

    And JD-S is a "father-and-son party" a to z dicision taken by father&son.

    Political parties are the vehicles of ideas. Parties act as the bridge between social thought and political decision in democracy.

    BUT INDIA IT WILL DECIDED BY FAMILY MEMBERS.





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  • Tina, Mumbai - Dubai

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    After the March 6 verdict, for Samajwadi Party and even the Trinamool Congress would like to go for a mid-term poll so that they "can increase their tally" in Parliament.Right time for both the party to hamper CENTRAL GOVT as they did sending CBI DOGS after them........we just want to hear Elections 2012 News.

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  • Faheem, Azamgarg

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Mulayam is the right person to be next CM of UP because he has greater experience than his son Akhilesh. Right now, Akhilesh needs to get more experience in politics. The party should not forget greatest support of Azam Khan.

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  • R.Fernandes, Dubai

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Nagesh Naik,
    Anna Vonthe cassette change manpule.Kend kend saak aandu.
    Kopa manpodchi.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    RAJESH KUWAIT, Yes BJP Party with(MANY)differences!!The above sentences is well known fact for 6.3 Crore Kannadiags.Dinesh,Sharath and Nagesh always attacking certain party for their family affairs of POLITICS..then why not MOULANA MULAYAM's name not noticed?So I think BJPwalas always double std in their speech,action and thinking.

    Yeddy's govt affairs are controlled by his family members.The magnitude of corruption involving his(YEEDs)immediate family members vouches for it.On the other hand Appa CM and Beta MP!!??any comments?

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Akhilesh Yadav or Mulayam..? It should be Mulayam only.Because to rule state like UP,one has to have lot of experience in politics.Akhilesh is still young and he can learn from his father who knows positive & negative aspect of CM post. Right now UP needs strong & experienced CM.Mulayam may be old but not too old to sit in assembly.Akhilesh can wait otherwise it becomes complicated in future.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Mr. Mulayam Singh suffering from ill health its better for UP young CM Akhlesh is the best candidate. Thanks once again people of UP for wipingout BJP along wiht thier communal based hidden agenda.

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  • RAJESH, KUWAIT

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    ISMAIL.K.PERINJE

    BJP PARTY WITH DIFFRECES.

    don't compare with congress & JDS
    The party is run by Mother/Son
    & father/Son.

    Integral Humanism, the guiding philosophy of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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  • Mohammed Meera, Sharjah

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Mualayam singh is better candidate for CM. he is expirienced. and he is most seculer than congress. One my friend from UP he told me muslims always support SP and former CM also said 80% muslims givem a vote to SP. and SP never support to BJP. So my choice is Mr, Mulayam . So my request to Mr. Dinesh and Mr. Nagesh nayak dont give any comments above subject because SP always oppose communal pary.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Indian politics hovering around family affairs be it congress,SP,JDS,even BJP(Karnataka particularly). hence,here after no party has confidence forming it's own or near to own Central Govt in Delhi.Third options(THIRD FRONT) gaining momentum and regional parties are @ dictating terms to National Parties when to comes to the formation of Federal Govt.It would be MIULANA MULAYAM SINGH Yadav in the helm of affairs of UP @ least another 5 yrs.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    Anyone other than dirty congis does better administration...

    Akhilesh is my choice..

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    SHRIMAAN AKHILESH YADAV IS A RIGHT PERSON FOR UP CM.

    HE IS THOUSNAD TIME BETTER THAN A AMUL BABY/YUVARAJA.

    PSUEDOS ARE NOT OPENNING THEIR MOUTH ON ROUTED ITALIAN LED CONGRESS IN UP& GOA.

    IN GOA BJP OFEERED 7 SEATS TO CATHOLIC CHRISTAINS & ALL ARE WON.

    PSUEDOS SHOULD UNDERSTAND NOW ABOUT WHO IS BEHIND CHURCH ATTACK & ATROCITIES ON MINORITIES.

    PLEASE LEARN FROM GOAN CATHOLICS .

    JAI HO AKILESH.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, BAHRAIN

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    The senior Yadav should gracefully step down and hand over the power to the new generation. Akilesh can do well for the state and country. Jai Hind

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