Mulayam contesting from two constituencies to pave political way for second son?
Is Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav compelled to contest from two constituencies due to compulsions to settle egos of spouses ? According to sources, it was not out of fear that he may lose in one seat, he is contesting from two places, but to attempting to pacify ego-clashes of his two sons so that to save him from a family rebellion.
He had bequeathed his political inheritance to his eldest son from his first marriage Akhilesh Yadav
by bestowing him the chief ministership and his wife Dimple Yadav the Lok Sabha constituency of Kannauj.
Despite a grand wedding of Prateek Yadav, his son from second wife Sadhana in 2011, he has been finding it difficult to settle him in UP politics. His elder son Akhilesh and others around him had been causing enough tension. They did not have so much of a problem if he had given Prateek some share in family property.
There was tough resistance when it came to political hegemony. All have virtually ganged up against the patriarch. Mulayam wanted Prateek to contest from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. A reticent Akhilesh and even Mulayam’s brothers opposed it.
Mulayam was even obliquely told that if he dared name Prateek for the seat, his clan would ensure the task was completed with as much difficulty as possible.
A shrewd Mulayam apparently succumbed. For the present, he has agreed to sail with the family. The extended family has been asked to wait.
Mulayam is contesting from Mainpuri and Azamgarh. He would be vacating the Azamgarh seat after the polls. The bye-election would pave way for Prateek to enter the family political business possibly in a parallel set-up. May others take cue from him before a second marriage.