An All-Out Mahabharat


The confused-state of affairs in the state of Uttar Pradesh compelled me to just sort out the mess and vent my opinions on this portal. Now, the more I read about the situation of Samajwadi Party and their all public outrage, the more I realize that this is nothing but a family quarrel gone horribly wrong.

On one hand, we have Shivpal Yadav, brother of the patriarch of the family Mulayam Singh Yadav, and on the other hand we have Akhilesh Yadav the sole heir to his father’s fortress that is the Samajwadi Party. Both of them are at loggerheads, while Mulayam Singh Yadav is immersed in his own Karan Johar inspired family dream, wherein, no matter how heated the squabbles are, all is well in the family.

The differences between Shivpal and Akhilesh have been at an all-time high after Akhilesh once fired Shivpal as Minister after he tried to force a merger with a political outfit headed by a former gangster. Akhilesh challenged the proposal but was eventually forced into submission by his father. Soon after such a revoked dismissal, Shivpal rose higher in the clan as Chief of the Party in the state which gave him large agency in deciding the candidates for the approaching election, replacing Akhilesh Yadav. Rebuked by such a dismissal, Akhilesh Yadav dismissed Shivpal again, and all hell broke loose.

Struggling in such a feud is a brother and a father, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the reigning patriarch of the Party. Mulayam Singh removed his son as head of the party in Uttar Pradesh; Shivpal replaced him, which meant that it was not Akhilesh but his uncle who would largely decide the party’s candidates for the approaching election. Time and again Mulayam Singh Yadav has rebuked his son over inefficiency of his administration and apparently, he favours his brother at this point.

The Yadav community has accepted their Akhilesh bhaiya as a leader who understands their development needs and is seemingly willing to work to that effect rather than pander to Mulayam and Amar Singh’s whims. It takes courage to stand up to Mulayam in the SP, and events of the past few weeks have made Akhilesh a hero for some, though it doesn’t make Mulayam a villain.

However, for now, Akhilesh Yadav is the Chief Minister for the state, but the same selection for the future election has been put on hold.

What happens within the Party or for the Party remains to be seen, what is known is that such a family turf which should have been fought in the solitude of the Yadav fortress is out for the public to see and to ponder on. If no one, the rival BJP Party has surely basked in the glory of such an opportunity, and sure seems like a great contender in the forthcoming Assembly Polls.

Taking opportunity of such a rift do we see an alliance between SP and Congress, Mayawati swinging the votes in her direction, or BJP profiting from the family feud, especially after our Prime Minister sympathised with Muslim women over their valid woes of triple talaq recently?

With all the major parties trying to hog the Muslim votes from the hands of currently conflicted Samajwadi Party, the upcoming Assembly Polls in Uttar Pradesh won’t be any less than the situation inside the Bigg Boss house or the usual Game of Thrones politics. This poll, everyone will want the best for themselves, while inflicting the worst on others; with one family broken down, how will the other Parties survive in the land of rowdiness and the apparent ‘goony-ness’ palpable in the state?

Yugansha Malhotra

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