It has been almost 3 months since the drama of “family feud” in Yadav family has been going on. What started as a fight between Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav seems to have culminated in the split of the party with Mulayam Singh Yadav suspending Akhilesh Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav for 6 years for indulging in anti-party activities. In the last week of October also, the feud had made the headlines when the rift between the Shivpal faction and Akhilesh faction had emerged in the open, with allegations flying thick and fast.
However, a recent email from Steve Jarding, who is the poll strategist of Samajwadi Party for 2017 UP elections, has been leaked in the media and it has exposed the dirty game that Samajwadi Party is playing to fool the people of Uttar Pradesh. The email dated 24 July from Steve Jarding suggests Samajwadi Party to “orchestrate a family feud scenario. Implicate the uncle, consolidate Yadav Jr’s (Akhilesh Yadav) clean image and project as future head of the party“. Steve Jarding suggests to take this step in order to push the party’s publicity and capture media space. (Steve Jarding is Hilary Clinton’s political advisor.) Below is the leaked email, which has also been tweeted by Rahul Kanwal
Now if you remember the sequence of events that has been happening since late August/early September, the picture becomes clear. The entire drama, as the email has suggested, started with implication of the two uncles – Ramgopal Yadav and Shivpal Yadav taking two different sides. While the former “appears” to be in the camp of Akhilesh Yadav, the latter seems to be Mulayam loyalist. This leaked email from Steve Jarding has been shared by journalist Rahul Kanwal. A twitter handle @IndiaBTL and many other political observers had cast their aspersions of the entire episode being a well-scripted drama. This leaked email proves it completely true.
Internal mail from Akhilesh's US advisor Steve Jarding leaked. US coach suggests war in SP is orchestrated to project CM as development icon pic.twitter.com/b2ff7twLTS
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) December 30, 2016
The second point in the leaked email asks Samajwadi Party to indulge in a host of inaugurations and talk about infrastructure projects. To expedite “outdoor brand promotion“, Steve Jarding has asked Samajwadi Party to “put all the infrastructure projects and have multiple inaugurations“. Despite the Agra-Lucknow still incomplete, the UP Government was quick enough to inaugurate it. Same is the case with Lucknow metro and a host of other infrastructure project to project Akhilesh as a transparent and strong leader.
The leaked email has totally exposed the drama and intention of the Yadav family. The feud is just a political stunt and a well scripted drama to project Akhilesh as a strong, independent and pro-development leader. The expulsion from party will further create a sympathy wave and propel Akhilesh to victory – at least that is the plan as per election managers.
PS – Steve Jarding is Hilary Clinton’s political strategist.