Thursday, October 20, 2016

Is Akhilesh Yadav fighting Rahul Gandhi syndrome in Samajwadi Party?

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav have many similarities,despite both aare holding key positions in two different political parties. Both of them have became leaders because of dynasty politics and both are strugling within the party.

The Akhilesh Syndrome
Samajwadi Party is a divided within the party today. UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has made his clear intentions that he will take on the old leaders just like Rahul Gandhi is doing within the his party. Incidentally, the two young leaders have come up through dynasty politics.

By announcing his rath yatra just from November 3, two days ahead of the silver jubilee celebrations of the party, Akhilesh seems to have declared war on the old leaders of the Samajwadi Party.

When Akhilesh decided to launch his separate election campaign, SP MLC Udayveer Singh made it difficult for the old leaders by sending a letter to party president Mulayam Singh Yadav asking him to pave the way for a new generation leader in leadership within the party.

Udayveer Singh said that Akhilesh should be made national president of the Samajwadi Party. It's a war between Akhilesh and company on one hand and the old leaders nurtured by Mulayam Singh on the other.

Shivpal wants to remotely control Akhilesh?
Mulayam Singh laboured hard to broker a peace between his brother Shivpal Yadav and son Akhilesh,a couple of weeks ago. The two have dispute over several key issues within the party.

Shivpal also wants DP Yadav to be in party, Akhilesh stood in the way. Shivpal wanted Amar Singh back in the party. Akhilesh opposed it but had to accept it. Shivpal wanted a merger of Quami Ekta Dal of UP muscleman Mukhtar Ansari with the SP, while Akhilesh opposed it tooth and nail. But, Mulayam Singh seems to be siding with his brother, thus putting himself in the opposition camp.

All this while Shivpal publicly accepted that Akhilesh was the SP leader and face of the government in UP. Akhilesh who is fighting hard to emerge as a leader on his own, but Shivpal along with Azam Khan had tried to remote control the chief minister.

Akhilesh's fight within SP has strange similarities with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi within his party.

The Rahul Syndrome
Today what Akhilesh is facing in SP, Rahul Gandhi has been fighting for few years. It was Rahul, who held elections within the NSUI in order to make it transparent. He tried to replicate this at the senior level, when the old leader got apprehensive.

Rahul Gandhi wanted to have a regular meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the supreme decision-making body of the party.

Rahul got support from senior party leader P Chidambaram, who also suggested that a proper mechanism should be there for the party president.

The old leaders then drew the battlelines against Rahul within the party, halting his reform process by refusing to co-operate. Rahul retaliated, sometimes with aggression. He still seems to be fighting the battle but with Congress out of power, the party vice-president is showing signs of emergence from the cocoon built by the old leaders for him.

Will both the leaders emerge victorious?
When he started to talk of reforming the Congress and challenging the system created by it, Rahul faced non-cooperation. He criticised the Congress old leaders for ignoring the poor and the farmers.

This policy make him champion of the poor within the Congress, when he enforced implementation of MNREGA in all the districts when the government wanted to launch it as pilot project. He took on the old leaders once again when he torn up the ordinance aimed at negating the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers.

On the other hand, Akhilesh was publicly questioned by Mulayam Singh Yadav after the humiliating performance of SP in the Lok Sabha elections. Mualayam criticized the UP CM for emphasising computer education by distributing laptops, which he blamed for party's poor performance in the elections.

But, this time Akhilesh seems to have taken a lession from Rahul Gandhi's book. He did not withdraw. In fact, he launched a counter-attack on the old leader. He is understood to have even threatened to leave the party early this week before he was appeased to have his way.

As there are speculation that he would skip the silver jubilee celebrations of the party, where the old leaders want to show their power. But, the question here arise is, will Akhilesh?

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