Submit :
News                      Photos                     Just In                     Debate Topic                     Latest News                    Articles                    Local News                    Blog Posts                     Pictures                    Reviews                    Recipes                    
Battleground UP: From Akhilesh's probable alliance with Congress to feud over cycle symbol to advantage BJP
In a 90-minute meeting between Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday, a last minute reconciliation was attempted.

However, the bid was unsuccessful as a few key issues remained unresolved. The meeting which took place at Mulayam Singh's residence came amid the Election Commission freezing the party's election symbol, the cycle. Both fighting factions of the SP have been staking their claim on the cycle, which has been the election symbol of the party since it was launched by Mulayam Singh 25 years ago.

With this meeting failed, a split in SP now seems almost inevitable. The key issues that weren't agreeable to Akhilesh Yadav were stepping down as the party president and withdrawing the petition filed with the Election Commission (EC). The ball is now in the EC's court, which shall formalise a split in the party. The panel will hear both sides and decide upon who gets to contest the UP Assembly elections with the cycle as its symbol. The 2017 UP Assembly polls start from February 11, and will be held in multiple phases.

In the meanwhile, according to sources, Akhilesh already has a Plan B ready in case the EC's verdict goes against him. He is expected to ask the EC for the motorcycle symbol, if denied the cycle, as the motorcycle represents progress from the cycle.

With neither feuding faction of the SP relenting, reports have started emerging of a meeting between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, which means that a Congress-SP alliance could be on the cards, with Priyanka Gandhi and Dimple Yadav emerging as the star campaigners.

Congress sources said, "Akhilesh and Dimple are expected to meet Rahul and Priyanka to discuss the UP poll strategy and seat sharing in case of an alliance." The coming together of Dimple Yadav and Priyanka could spell trouble for both the BJP and BSP, as they both have mass appeal with the youth.

Siraj Mehendi, Congress leader from UP said, "Along with Rahul Gandhi, we are appealing to the party top brass to send Priyanka as a star campaigner too,"

"To fight the elections, Congress has formed a 36-member committee led by Raj Babbar. The committee includes Sheila Dikshit, Sanjay Singh, Pramod Tiwari, Jatin Prasad, Shri Prasad Jaiswal and other prominent faces," he added further.

However, sources say that seat sharing could be a major hurdle in formation of the alliance between the Congress and SP. Out of the 403 seats in the UP Assembly, Congress wants at least 100 seats, but SP is not willing to concede more than 60 seats to them.

On the other hand, the BJP is quite happy with the scheme of things in the state of UP, especially with the internal feud in the Samajwadi Party between the father-son duo Mulayan and Akhilesh. The BJP is hopeful that this feud will help in ending its 14-year long political exile in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP's national vice-president, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, yesterday, while addressing a press conference, said, "Whatever is unfolding in UP, its turning out to be very much favourable for our party. Samajwadi Party, which was in a position to give a little bit of fight in the elections, is nowhere in the fray now. People were having some positive opinion about Akhilesh's so called good governance, but all that has blown into air."

While taking a jibe at the ruling SP, the Rajya Sabha MP Sahasrabuddhe said, "Both tyres of SP's cycle (party's election symbol) are already punctured. Moreover, the recent war within the party has dismantled both its wheels as a result of which the voters are very much aware that SP is not even in the race."

Editorial NOTE: This article is categorized under Opinion Section. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of In case you have a opposing view, please click here to share the same in the comments section.
Email Id
Verification Code
Email me on reply to my comment
Email me when other CJs comment on this article
Sign in to set your preference
merinews for RTI activists

Not finding what you are looking for? Search here.