Samajwadi Party feud: Mulayam's word no longer law in UP, time for a new face
These are trying times for hundreds and thousands of Samajwadi Party leaders and workers. They had seen their future in combo of Mulayam-Akhilesh-Shivpal and Ramgopal, even Amar and Azam Akhan.
Till the other day dhartiputra Mulayam Singh Yadav’s word was law in Samajwadi Party and in the Uttar Pradesh government. But now, by his own deeds, he has reduced himself to a regressive factional leader in a party he founded. He will go down in history as someone who got blinded by love and affection for brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, another particular member of his family, and outsider Amar Singh envied the success of his elder son and went out to finish him.
Akhilesh Yadav has so far proved that he has learnt the tricks of family trade and politics, much faster and better than his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal would have estimated. For every move made by his family elder, he has a counter move and style to be on the right side of public perception. He has far greater fighting skills than anyone could have anticipated. He has shown that he has the potential to emerge as a strong future leader in the state.
A mighty Shivpal Singh Yadav will have the dubious distinction that he was sacked by his nephew, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, not once, but twice from the high ministerial position and stripped off all the meaty (about a dozen) portfolios he held. But he still has the tenacity to laugh and believe that it is actually he (backed by his elder brother Mulayam aka Netaji) who has the power to create and demolish someone.
Ram Gopal Yadav will be known as someone who was thrown out by his own brothers, first cousins so to say, from the party he founded with other family members. And in the end been told by brother, rather cousin Shivpal that he was neither saga (own) not subekchhu (well wisher) but was in fact a conspirator. In rural India, particularly in the cow belt there has always been a fight between saga and chachera (cousin) over jad and jamin (land and inheritance).
Amar Singh, the wily politician has proven, more than ever before that he excels in the art of breaking down renowned families and has an unparalleled mastery on the subject.
The Samajwadi Yadav pari-war is getting uglier and vengeful by the hour — father sacking son, son sacking father’s confidantes, father humiliating son and forcing him to a position of surrender, son biding time for a few days before he takes retaliatory action, his powerful chacha, who has his fathers' ears, meanwhile, does everything to cut him to size, bhatija (nephew) then exercises the chief ministerial prerogative to sack this chacha (uncle) from his ministerial positions and this chacha then throws out the chief minister’s other chaha (Ram Gopal) out of party.
The family head, Mulayam watches the withering away of the empire he had created and the worst example of nepotism he had established in Indian politics, giving positions in party and government to around 50 members of his family and his extended family. He still believed he was emperor, after all, through his life he had been benevolent, always giving without caring, whether he was promoting the corrupt and the incompetent. For him all the resources were from the family, by the family and for the family. Beyond family, the chelas and chamchas were also obliged. He didn’t realise that he had turned into a Bahadur Shah Zafar. Yes, he is holding meetings after meetings and passing orders that would only harm him.
The 6 am one-page letter hand-written by Ram Gopal Yadav — who is on bhatija Akhilesh Yadav's side — is crisp and piercing, to whosoever it concerns (Mulayam-Shivpal-family members and Amar). The idea is to convince the vast mass of Samajwadi Party workers that if you want to prosper, then you have to be on the side of rising sun (Akhilesh). If you want to get doomed then seek sunshine from the setting sun (Mulayam). Worse, he accused the other side, led by Shivpal and Amar Singh of conspiracy, sabotage, corruption to defeat rising and progressive.
Akhilesh Yadav has so far proved that he has learnt the tricks of family trade and politics, much faster and better than his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal would have estimated
"Woh chate hain ki Akhilesh har haal me hare…. udhar who log hain ho hazaron crore bahaya, vyabhichar kiya wur satta ka durupayog kiya …bahkawe me aane ki jarurat nahi hai…jahan Akhilesh wahan vijay." Akhilesh is synonym for victory and goes on to say how the chief minister’s proposed rath yatra from 3 November had been planned as a noose around their in-house rivals and that noose had to be sharpened, Ram Gopal wrote.
The response of secular Shivpal to Ram Gopal’s professorial writing was blunt — make a three-page long statement, devoid of any flourish and brute force applied with a nasty smile — call him a liar, conspirator, gangster, his son and daughter-in-law a gangster, divest him of all posts and throw him out of party.
The likes of Narad Rai, Om Prakash Singh and Shadab Fatima, who were sacked by Akhilesh, were mere pawns in the game. A tainted Tulsi Prajapati saved his position apparently because he fell to Akhilesh’s feet and begged him for mercy and the chief minister was merciful.
These are trying times for hundreds and thousands of Samajwadi Party leaders and workers. They had seen their future in combo of Mulayam-Akhilesh-Shivpal and Ramgopal, even Amar and Azam Akhan. They have always been ready to be pawns, but currently they are not able to size up what would be better for them and whose lordship would be beneficial for them. It’s time to choose one lord. Even that will help them escape from short term oblivion.
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