UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, in a letter, declared to his father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, which he has turned into a man of his own. The letter almost gives the impression that Akhilesh is ready to part ways from the uneasy company of his family.
In the letter, almost dares Mulayam as the chief minister said he won't be available at the silver jubilee function of the party to be held in Lucknow on 5 November under the aegis of Mulayam and Shivpal. Basically, Akhilesh just indirectly told his father that he has better things to do with his time.
Mulayam-Akhilesh's open fight one of first of a kind in politics. In a country that's inundated with political families, examples of a son revolting against his father or a father clamping down the iron fist is almost unheard of.
Mulayam has openly criticised his son on multiple occasions, even publicly reprimanded Akhilesh, siding with his cousin Shivpal and in recent times with Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh.
Akhilesh's letter, written on the Chief Minister letterhead, was also copied to uncles Shivpal and Ram Gopal. In his short meaningful letter, he writes:
"Respected National President (Mulayam), Samajwadi Party.
The proposed Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra that I was to undertake from 3 October in preparation for coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh could not take off for some reasons. Now when all political parties have got actively engaged in their electoral campaign. Under the circumstances, I am going to begin 'Vikas se Vijayki or Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra' from 3 November, Friday, in a bid to intensify campaign to form government again in the state.
Detailed tour program would be sent to Samajwadi party district presidents and workers from time to time."
The closing line in the letter is "For your kind information." is important. Akhilesh does not seek permission. Akhilesh merely sought to inform Mulayam of his programme and stated that the detailed schedule of his campaign will be shared with the district heads from time to time.
Akhilesh is clearly the face of the party, which the samajwadi party would like o make stand in front in the elaction. Though he might not be re-elected as a CM. Other options in the party —Shivpal Yadav is the unsavoury face of SP, who loves the company of Mukhtar Ansari, DP Yadav and Amar Singhs.
Mulayam, through his irrational and unpredictable actions over the years, has portrayed himself an unreasonable aging man who wants to remote control government and party. It remains to be seen how Mulayam and Shivpal react to this. It also remains to be seen how far Akhilesh can sail without the backing of cumulative might of his father and uncles.
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