SP leaders reticent to work for BSP

Pradeep Kapoor

Samajwadi Party national President and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is facing multi-corner challenges eversince he entered into alliance with BSP. The biggest problem is his own father Mulayam Singh Yadav who is founder of the party and is unhappy with the manner his son entered into alliance with BSP.
Every now and then Mulayam Singh Yadav reaches his party office and make it a point to party leaders and workers and address them. Senior Yadav utilises this opportunity to criticise his own son and question the necessity of alliance with BSP led by Mayawati.
Mulayam Singh Yadav says that his party is now restricted to only 37 Seats out of 80 and asks to what his party leaders and workers would do in those 38 seats left for BSP. The founder of Samajwadi Party points out that BJP is much ahead in the preparations and tickets while Samajwadi Party is far behind the rival party.
Mulayam Singh Yadav not only embarrassed his own son and his party when he praised Narendra Modi and wished him success in re-election as PM again. The manner in which Mulayam Singh praised Narendra Modi has confused muslim voters committed to SP.
Akhilesh Yadav however said that he entered into alliance with BSP to stop BJP from capturing the power. He also said that he would ensure victory of Mulayam Singh Yadav with record margin from Mainpuri.
Samajwadi Party President is also facing challenge from his uncle Shivpal Yadav who had formed his own party Pragatisheel Samajwadi Morcha. Shivpal Singh Yadav used to look after Samajwadi Party on behalf of his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav. Shivpal is making dent in support base of his nephew especially in powerful Yadav community and Muslims.
Shivpal is reaching out to influential Yadav's and Muslims leaders. He is promising tickets to powerful leaders to damage SP and BSP alliance. There is no doubt if Shivpal Yadav is able to cut into support base of Samajwadi Party, then BJP would be benefitted especially in central UP which is considered to be stronghold of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The emergence of Priyanka factor especially in eastern UP will also damage Akhilesh Yadav and his party. The resurgent Congress Party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka will damage Samajwadi Party in those seats allotted to party.
Akhilesh Yadav is also facing challenges in those 38 seats left for BSP. Powerful leaders and workers in these constituencies are in touch with Congress BJP and Shivpal Yadav for tickets. A large number of Samajwadi Party leaders will quit the party and join other parties once dates for elections are announced.
The forthcoming Lok Sabha elections are very crucial for Akhilesh Yadav who has staked his entire political career and playing second fiddle to BSP which is evident from seat sharing formula in UP and other states. (IPA)

Monday, 11 March, 2019