After the UP election debacle seems like everything is not well between SP chief ‘Tipu’ and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mulayam was overthrown by his son just before the state assembly elections. A lot of people believed that the Pari-war was a mere eye wash to overcome anti-incumbency. The internal fight helped some of the channels to get better TRPs. But defeat tests character like none.

It’s always easy to maintain good relations with the team when a person is winning. After the loss Mulayam credited PM Modi, while son Akhilesh was again trying to divert attention by accusing the BJP led government of tampering the EVMs. Akhilesh is now open to the idea of teaming up with BSP supremo Mayawati, whereas his father & former SP chief Mulayam, has dismissed the suggestion that they would join hands with their bitter rivals from the past.

Akhilesh had earlier made a statement on Saturday that he was ready for a grand alliance. Within 24 hours he was contradicted by his father who dismissed the suggestion. Akhilesh had responded to Mayawati’s suggestion that all ‘like-minded’ parties should come together to save the democracy. Mulayam who had built & developed the party from scratch said that the party was capable of fighting on their own when asked about Akhilesh’s statement.

Mayawati had told party workers that she wanted to keep the system of democracy alive and had asked all anti-BJP parties to unite against EVM tampering & the BJP. Congress leader Mani shankar Aiyyar reaffirmed the stand saying that a Grand Alliance was very much possible as they had 2 years’ time before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

All the opposition parties are now ready to forget their differences & team up against the Modi-led government for mandate 2019. CPI leader D Raja also urged all parties to come together to stop the BJP. Raja recently met Akhilesh Yadav, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar & NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

The BJP did not seem to be perturbed by the opposition’s idea of a grand alliance. UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Akhilesh could form an alliance or a grand alliance but he would not be able to stop the BJP. “People of the Nation are with Prime Minister Modi and they want development,” said the deputy CM.

Ultimately the alliance shows the fear that PM Modi has created in the minds of the opposition leaders with his ‘Vikas’ mantra.


Alok Shetty